Ollie Robinson returns to England Test squad after being banned for historic racist and sexist tweets

Ollie Robinson was first recalled to England Test squad following his ban on historic racist and sexist tweets… while Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Sam Curran also return for India series

  • Ollie Robinson’s test debut was marred after previous offensive tweets came to light
  • The sailor was given a suspension of eight games, five of which were suspended
  • Robinson has returned to the test squad for the first time since his suspension
  • Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Sam Curran have also been recalled

Ollie Robinson has been recalled to the England test squad for the first time since he was banned over a series of offensive historic tweets.

The Sussex Seamer got a Dream Lord’s debut against New Zealand in June, but saw the occasion turn into a nightmare as racist, sexist and otherwise abhorrent reports of nearly a decade came to light.

The 27-year-old ended his first day as an international cricketer with a public apology but was ineligible for the next match and an investigation by the Cricket Discipline Committee resulted in him being banned from eight matches, five of which were suspended for two years. .

Ollie Robinson has been recalled to the England test squad for the first time since his suspensionschors

The English star's test debut was marred after historic racist and sexist tweets came to light

The English star’s test debut was marred after historic racist and sexist tweets came to light

He has since made a quiet return to county action but was recalled by England head coach Chris Silverwood at the first time of questioning, joining a 17-man squad for the first two Tests against India next month.

At the height of the controversy, Robinson’s case transcended the traditional cricket community and caught the attention of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Sports Secretary Oliver Dowden, who agreed that it was excessive to censor the player for nine-year-old social media posts. media.

Others took a tougher stance, with former England cricketer Michael Carberry suggesting it would be appropriate for the incident to end Robinson’s career.

Silverwood announced his return via a press release and gave no hint of the off-field drama, saying only: ‘We have selected Ollie Robinson after his seven-wicket Test debut against New Zealand.

Robinson was suspended and fined £3,200 after an ECB investigation

Robinson was suspended and fined £3,200 after an ECB investigation

“Ollie proved in that test that he has the ability to replicate his excellent form in the County Championship at international level and we will continue to work with him to develop his career in England.”

Elsewhere in the squad, which remains at a swollen level due to the coronavirus situation, Ben Stokes is returning to the red ball after missing out on a series defeat to the Black Caps.

Stokes rushed his recovery from finger surgery to lead a one-day international emergency team against Pakistan after a Covid-19 outbreak forced 16 players into isolation but was once again given rest for the T20 leg.

Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow are back as wicketkeeper batsmen, after James Bracey endured a scorching time while he did against New Zealand, and Sam Curran returns as an all-round option.

Jofra Archer (elbow) and Chris Woakes (heel) are not considered suitable for test cricket, but Ollie Pope has been admitted for having previously received a touch-and-go due to a thigh problem.

Ben Stokes rushed back from finger surgery to lead a one-day international emergency team against Pakistan and is now back on the test squad

Jos Buttler has also returned to the squad as one of the two wicketkeeper batsmen

Ben Stokes (left) and Jos Buttler (right) are also back for the India series next month maand

England squad for India Test series

Root (c), Anderson, Bairstow, Bess, Broad, Burns, Buttler, Crawley, S Curran, Hameed, Lawrence, Leach, Pope, Robinson, Sibley, Stokes, Wood.

Yorkshire’s Dom Bess comes in as backup to first-choice spinner Jack Leach, but there is no place for Moeen Ali, despite his confirmed interest in playing Test cricket this summer.

All England players will be available for the first two rounds of The Hundred, before joining Loughborough for a training camp ahead of the opening test at Trent Bridge on August 4.

“A home test series against India is one of the most anticipated red ball series and this promises to be an excellent five tests,” said Silverwood.

“We expect a very competitive series and have selected our strongest team possible. The returns of all-rounders Ben Stokes and Sam Curran strike a balance that will allow us to return to a structure that has been successful in Test Cricket.

Ben’s leadership in the Royal London Series, when he played despite his finger not being 100 percent, typified his character and dedication that propel the players around him forward.

“With Jos and Jonny back in the roster, we have added more experience and quality that will be needed against the world’s second-ranked team.”

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