Ollie Robinson has his eyes fixed on a plane ticket to the Ashes … the uncapped Sussex rap is determined to impress England if he is chosen in the first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s
- Bowler Ollie Robinson is aiming for a place in the English Ashes squad this winter
- Uncapped Robinson is in the mix for England’s first Test against New Zealand
- The Sussex sailor said he was inspired by the legend Jimmy Anderson
Ollie Robinson is aiming for a breakout summer with England to book an Ashes ticket.
Uncapped Robinson will be part of the roster for the Lord’s Test against New Zealand on June 2, with rivals such as Sam Curran and Chris Woakes absent from the Indian Premier League.
The Sussex bowler, who has finished second in the Division Two bowling cards for the past two seasons of the County Championship, was a regular reserve in England during the Covid pandemic. After also making two test teams last summer, the 27-year-old believes he is ready to leave.
Ollie Robinson hopes to be his breakthrough in the English Test squad this summer
The Sussex Seamer (left) is in the frame to get his first English test cap against New Zealand
“I feel like England can see a little bit and know what I’m doing,” he said. ‘They watched me for a few years. I just need to get that break in a test match or series to bolster my place for the plane to Australia. ‘
The stepson of former England assistant coach Paul Farbrace has fond memories of Down Under, having won seven wickets in a first-ever win over Australia A by their English counterparts 13 months ago in Melbourne.
‘I’ve been to Australia three times for cricket and once for England Lions. That Lions tour was a really strong tour for everyone involved. Dan Lawrence was there too, ”he said.
Robinson has already played in Australia for the England Lions and thinks he can ‘do the job’
‘The match at the MCG, they had almost an all-Australian team, so we know we can get the job done.
“Looking at Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, they use the fold more than we do in England just to create small corners, we talked about that and then implemented it when we got there.”
Being close to another international top class – England’s foremost wicket-taker James Anderson – on the tour of India has provided another clue to a bowler whose greatest threat is his ability to create a seam and bounce from a high release point.
Jimmy is 39 this year and probably the strongest he’s ever been. Seeing him work every day is what stuck with me – how well he trains, ”Robinson said. “England drilled that into me – they want me to work as hard for Sussex as I did with them.”
Robinson pointed to James Anderson’s example, saying he is willing to work just as hard as he is
Not that his combined figures of 137 wickets on 17.64 runs in the 2018 and 2019 championships are too shabby.
His goal of making the first test team of the summer of 2021 kicks off next Thursday at Emirates Old Trafford against Lancashire.
Robinson will just be happy to be back on the field, even though, of bubble life, he said, ‘It’s not the hardest thing in the world. I did it for four or five months without playing and still come back mentally fresh. ‘