1st Test ENG vs NZ Live: It was an ecstatic day turned into agony as the England Test debutant Ollie Robinson found himself in the drowning water. The pacer’s fine form in his Test debut in the ongoing Test match between England and New Zealand at Lord’s was overshadowed soon after his racist and sexist Tweets from eight years ago resurfaced across social media.
Robinson’s Twitter fiasco hogged the limelight as Test debutant Robinson and his teammates sported black ‘anti-discrimination’ t-shirts before the start of the New Zealand Test at Lord’s.
The 27-year old pacer has been infamous and often been marred with controversies. In fact, his past in 2014 has seen Sussex scrapping his contract for a number of unprofessional actions from Robinson’s end.
The debutant issued a public apology, regretted and felt ashamed of his remarks that he made eight years ago.
On the biggest day of my career so far, I am embarrassed by the racist and sexist tweets that I posted over eight years ago, which have today become public. I want to make it clear that I’m not racist and I’m not sexist.
I deeply regret my actions, and I am ashamed of making such remarks.
I was thoughtless and irresponsible, and regardless of my state of mind at the time, my actions were inexcusable. Since that period, I have matured as a person and fully regret the tweets.
Today should be about my efforts on the field and the pride of making my Test debut for England, but my thoughtless behaviour in the past has tarnished this.
Admitting his undesirable acts, the pacer feels that he has now evolved better as a human and has matured.
Over the past few years, I have worked hard to turn my life around. I have considerably matured as an adult. The work and education I have gained personally from the PCA, my county Sussex and the England Cricket Team have helped me to come to terms and gain a deep understanding of being a responsible professional cricketer.
Ollie Robinson pace acumen burst soon after he was given the debut Test cap. In fact, he had a dream start with the bowl as he alone scalped two of New Zealand’s three wickets that were taken on Day 1 of the ongoing first Test at the Lord’s.
Scalping the opener- Tom Latham’s wicket, the England debutant even foxed Kiwis senior player Ross Taylor who fell prey to Robinson’s bowling.