BUMBLE AT THE TEST: Ollie Robinson’s no-nonsense style reminds me of Angus Fraser

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BUMBLE AT THE TEST: Ollie Robinson’s no-nonsense style reminds me of Angus Fraser, but the discovery of old tweets shows stars need to be careful… while debutant Devon Conway radiated composure for New Zealand

  • It’s great to be back at Lord’s but my day got off to a bad start because of Covid
  • The good side of social media was shown thanks to a funny tweet from David Warner
  • Discovery of old tweets from Ollie Robinson shows stars need to be careful
  • Robinson reminds me of Angus Fraser, he’s a no-nonsense artist
  • Debutant Devon Conway radiated calm in the fold for New Zealand

It’s great to be back at Lord’s, but my day didn’t start off so well.

I came from the hotel to our normal entrance at the East Gate, but it had the biggest padlock I’ve ever seen.

It’s Covid, of course, but I was faced with a real march route to North Gate. And I’m not getting any younger…

It's great to be back at Lord's but my day didn't start off well thanks to new Covid protocols

It’s great to be back at Lord’s but my day didn’t start off well thanks to new Covid protocols

Twitter saves the day…

The good side of social media was demonstrated after we saw a guy in the crowd wearing an Australian hat with an autograph on it.

Who could it be? The answer came on Twitter via two Australian players, Shane Warne and Aaron Finch, who both recognized the signature as Pat Cummins.

Another tweet that made me laugh came from David Warner who said ‘this guy is stopping me from sleeping’. It was a picture of Stuart Broad on his TV.

The good side of social media was shown on day one, including a funny David Warner tweet

The good side of social media was shown on day one, including a funny David Warner tweet

The good side of social media was shown on day one, including a funny David Warner tweet

…but ruin it for Ollie

But we all know that social media has a cheeky side.

The discovery of some tweets sent by Ollie Robinson nine years ago only showed how careful young athletes should be before posting.

The consequences can be very serious and stay with you. Take it from your Uncle David. I said things that people still remind me of years later….

However, the cheeky side was also shown with the discovery of old tweets from Ollie Robinson

However, the cheeky side was also shown with the discovery of old tweets from Ollie Robinson

However, the cheeky side was also shown with the discovery of old tweets from Ollie Robinson

New grumpy Angus

Every time I see Robinson, he reminds me of Angus Fraser.

He is tall, accurate and looks like a no-nonsense performer, just like Gus. And he looks just as grumpy as Fraser always was when confronted by a batsman.

It was a beautiful moment when he got Tom Latham for his first test wicket. Robinson’s challenge will be whether he is fast enough on international fields…

Robinson's long, accurate and no-nonsense bowling style reminds me of Angus Fraser

Robinson's long, accurate and no-nonsense bowling style reminds me of Angus Fraser

Robinson’s long, accurate and no-nonsense bowling style reminds me of Angus Fraser

Kiwis to rule the world

Make no mistake, New Zealand is a crackerjack team.

Just look at the depth of that lineup, with Colin de Grandhomme at seven and Mitchell Santner at eight.

They may be missing out on Trent Boult, but it’s no surprise that they’re in the World Test Championship final. I think the conditions in the Ageas Bowl will be more favorable to them than India…

New Zealand is also a crackerjack team, demonstrating tremendous power in depth

New Zealand is also a crackerjack team, demonstrating tremendous power in depth

New Zealand is also a crackerjack team, demonstrating tremendous power in depth

It is now for sale

It’s the one we’ve all been waiting for! After the great success of Korty: The Legend Explained, a great little page-turner, comes another book by our legendary former columnist Charles Sale.

It’s called The Covers are Off and St John’s Wood was flooded with advertising posters on Wednesday.

It is the story of the battle for land on the Nursery End between MCC and property developer Charles Rifkind. It’s a right immersive read!

Devon, Dean or Russ?

Devon Conway appears to be a controlled, well-organized character at the top of the New Zealand order.

He is a South African who has qualified for the Kiwis but I kept confusing him with others on Wednesday.

Devon Conway radiated calm and organization at the top of the order for the visitors

Devon Conway radiated calm and organization at the top of the order for the visitors

Devon Conway radiated calm and organization at the top of the order for the visitors

First I called him Dean Conway, a former English physio, then it was Russ Conway, the famous four-fingered pianist.

And I couldn’t get my old friend Pete Conway, father of Robbie Williams, out of my mind either. I told you I was getting old…

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