Joe Root leads England cricket team in stand against racism and homophobia

England cricket team have taken a stand against all forms of discrimination, including racism and homophobia, by wearing specially designed shirts in the warm-up ahead of their Test against New Zealand.

The England team wore the black shirts, which had the phrase ‘Cricket is a game for everyone’ splashed across the front, at Lord’s on Wednesday.

‘We stand together against racism’ and ‘we stand together against homophobia’ were written on the back.

Both sides, led by England captain Joe Root and New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, lined up around the edge of the boundary for a moment of silence before the start of play.

‘We know at the start of last summer it unearthed some ugly truths in society and in our sport,’ said Root on Tuesday.

‘We have spent a lot of time talking about how we can better our game, how we can educate ourselves more.

‘Throughout this summer, we will be looking at working with hopefully three projects where we can take the game to more diverse areas around the country where we can continue to look to grow the game and offer our help and support in doing that. That’s really exciting.

‘We have spent a lot of time talking about these sort of things but this year is all about action. It’s about actually doing something about it.

‘Hopefully this year we can really start to make a difference and keep that conversation current.

‘Make sure it is the game for everyone, we make our game more diverse and we do as much as we can in that regard to grow the game and make everyone feel comfortable playing cricket.’

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