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England’s Robinson recalled for two Tests against India after racism row

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LONDON: Ollierobin­sonwasreca­lledtothee­ngland squad on Wednesday for next month’s first two Tests against India following a Twiter racism row that overshadow­ed his internatio­nal debut.

Robinson received an eight-game ban, with five deferred, for racist and sexist tweets he posted in 2012 and 2013 that came to light again during the 27-year-old’s Test bow against New Zealand at Lord’s in June.

But a disciplina­ry hearing paved the way for the seamer to feature against India ater deeming Robinson had already served a three-game ban, having been suspended from the second Test against New Zealand and then dropping out of two Twenty20 matches for county side Sussex.

Robinson performed well on his England debut, taking seven wickets -- including a haul of 4-75 -- and making a useful 42 in a drawn series opener at Lord’s.

But the Twiter storm meant is first day as an England cricketer ended with a public apology.

He was then suspended from internatio­nal duty and missed an eight-wicket defeat in the second and final Test against New Zealand at Edgbaston, a reverse that saw England lose their first Test series at home in seven years.

He is now back, however, in the squad for the opening two matches of a five-test campaign against India at Trent Bridge (starting on August 4) and Lord’s (August 12).

England head coach Chris Silverwood made no reference to the furore when speaking about Robinson’s returning in an England and Wales Cricket Board statement, saying: “We have selected Ollie Robinson ater his seven-wicket Test debut against New Zealand.

Meanwhile, Ben Stokes returned to the Test squad ater missing a New Zealand series where

England’s batsmen faltered.

Stokes hurried back from a finger injury to lead a makeshit one-day team in a series win against Pakistan ater all the 16 England players originally selected were ruled out by a Covid-19 outbreak within the squad that meant they had to self-isolate.

But star all-rounder Stokes was rested from a subsequent 2-1 T20 series win over Pakistan.

Let-armer Sam Curran’s inclusion gives England Test captain Joe Root an additional all-round option.

Fast bowler Jofra Archer ( elbow) and pace bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes (heel) have both been ruled out through injury.

Wicketkeep­er-batsmen Jos Butler and Jonny Bairstow, both controvers­ially rested from the New Zealand series following their stints in the lucrative Indian Premier League, return ater James Bracey struggled against the Black Caps.

Jack Leach and Dom Bess have been selected as the specialist spinners.

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Ollie Robinson was slapped with an eight-game ban following a past racist tweet.
File ↑ Ollie Robinson was slapped with an eight-game ban following a past racist tweet.

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