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Ollie Robinson misses the chance to make a real statement to the new-look England set-up

Ollie Robinson misses out on a chance to make a real statement in England’s new setup after failing to take a wicket against the ailing New Zealand side for Sussex

  • Ollie Robinson missed a chance to make a big point for the new England setup
  • The 28-year-old bowled 18 overs in four spells and was unlucky enough to take a wicket.
  • Robinson is not in the current England squad but could be included soon

Ollie Robinson missed the opportunity to make a really important point for the new England setup on Saturday when Sussex battled a New Zealand side to the bone.

The 28-year-old bowled 18 overs in four spells, conceding 42 runs, and was unlucky not to take a wicket, especially on his initial run of six overs for just six runs.

Although not in the current squad, England will almost certainly persevere with Robinson in the medium term as his record, most notably against New Zealand last summer, demands it. There have been fitness and injury issues for him, but he looked lean and focused on day two at County Ground. However, he spent around an hour off the pitch with Sussex calling the absence “workload management”.

Ollie Robinson has been on the fringes of the England team for a long time.

Ollie Robinson has been on the fringes of the England team for a long time.

There was an impressive opening explosion that had New Zealand captain Tom Latham and Will Young jumping back and forth. Sussex skipper Tom Haines said: “He played very well and his first spell this morning was a proper opening spell.” It was really nice to see him back at full throttle and I hope he can do it again tomorrow.”

A touring team from New Zealand mainly enjoyed a ride in the Sussex sunshine at Hove. Having won the toss, they finished the day with 342 from three. With some players due to return from the IPL and more issues with injuries and Covid isolation, only 12 were available on the south coast.

But after the washing on the first day of Friday, they enjoyed the most gentle baptism possible. Four batsmen, Latham, Young, Michael Bracewell and Tom Blundell, earned a half-century and retired undefeated.

The 28-year-old bowler failed to take a wicket after bowling 18 overs in four spells.

The 28-year-old bowler failed to take a wicket after bowling 18 overs in four spells.

New Zealand hitting coach Luke Ronchi said: “For these types of games losing on day one is not ideal, so on a good surface for the guys to get a bit of a hit was good.”

“Ollie Robinson made an impact on the series last year, so those are the challenges you want to face when you first come in with the Duke ball nibbling on it a little bit.

“That’s the thing in England though, you can get comfortable and all of a sudden you’re out, and one of our things isn’t resting on its laurels.”

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