Robinson, 28, has had a mixed start for his Test cricketer, despite his exemplary overall figure of 39 dismissals at an average of 21.28. His debut at Lord’s early last summer was marred by the emergence of historic offensive tweets, before emerging as England’s standout bowler of 2021 and earning a spot as one of Wisden’s five cricketers of the year. First left them behind. However, he was publicly reprimanded for his fitness during the 4-0 Ashes defeat, something that came under further scrutiny when he was unable to participate in England’s tour of the Caribbean in March.
England have recalled Ollie Robinson for the upcoming home Test series against South Africa.
Robinson, the right-arm pacer, whose last Test was against Australia in Hobart in January this year, has made a squad of 14 for the first two games of the three-match series, which has kept him out after battling multiple ailments. . Action is being taken for almost two months. After problems with his back, Covid-19 and dental problems, he will be in line to add his nine caps so far.
He started the summer of 2022 only to limit himself to four first-class appearances until mid-May, leaving that problem behind for back cramps and other niggles. But his return to County Championship action for Sussex against Nottinghamshire last week, 4 for 44 and 5 for 66, showed Robinson was back on the right track. He will continue to prove his game-readiness for the England Lions in a four-day match against South Africa at Canterbury, starting 9 August. ESPNcricinfo understands batsman Harry Brooke, who is also a member of the 14-man squad. Will also play in this match.
On Monday the selection committee finalized the squad, with Brendon McCullum dialing in from New Zealand. He is due back in England by early next week.
Robinson was expected to be part of the Lions squad, which is expected to be named on Friday. But Surrey’s injured Jamie Overton, who made his final Test debut against New Zealand at Headingley, saw him pick Robinson in the main group. Robinson was to represent Manchester Originals in the Hundred, starting Wednesday, but opted to continue at Sussex and play in their Royal London Cup matches instead.
Durham’s Matthew Potts, one of the beneficiaries of Robinson’s absence, retained his spot in the team this summer after 18 dismissals in his four Tests. Wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings is out now that Ben Fox has recovered from his bout of Covid-19, which led to him being replaced during the Headingley Test.