As the first Test between England and New Zealand concluded in a draw, the preparations for the Edgbaston Test are soon to begin. However, the home team England suffered a major blow as Ollie Robinson will miss the second clash against New Zealand owing to a pending investigation into the racist and sexist tweets the fast-bowler posted in 2012-13.
With the explicit order from ECB, Robinson will leave the England camp immediately and won’t be available for selection for the second Test against New Zealand starting at Edgbaston on Thursday.
A statement from the ECB at the conclusion of the first Test said: “England and Sussex bowler Ollie Robinson has been suspended from all international cricket pending the outcome of a disciplinary investigation following historic tweets he posted in 2012 and 2013.
“He will not be available for selection for the second Test against New Zealand starting at Edgbaston on Thursday (June 10). Robinson will leave the England camp immediately and return to his county.”
Soon after the pacer’s unpleasant historic tweets resurfaced on the Day 1 of the Lord’s Test on Wednesday, Robinson issued a public apology regretting his actions. Admitting his inexcusable past remarks, he furthered that he is matured as a person and is not a racist and sexist.
However, his expression of regret served no good as ECB’s punishment- fine or suspension from a few matches would rest on the outcome of a thorough investigation. Meanwhile, the fast-bowler will be allowed to play for Sussex during the investigation.
Ollie Robinson, who made his Test debut against New Zealand in the first clash at Lord’s gave an impressive performance. He toppled seven wickets across the two New Zealand innings and scalped wickets of major players.
Besides, his contribution to his team with the willow was no less. When England side seemed supposedly jolted in their first innings to get closer to Kiwis 378 put on the board, Robinson made crucial 42 runs for his side.