Robinson in England’s squad of 14 for first two Tests against South Africa

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England have given Ollie Robinson a recall for the upcoming home test series with South Africa.
Robinson, the right-armed sailor whose last test appearance against Australia was at Hobart in January this year, has made it to the squad of 14 for the first two games of the three-game series after battling a series of ailments that kept him out for nearly two. months active. After issues with his back, Covid-19 and dental problems, he will be lining up to add his nine caps so far.

Robinson, 28, has had a mixed start with his Test cricketer, despite exemplary overall figures of 39 layoffs averaging 21.28. His debut with Lord’s early last summer was marred by the rise of historically offensive tweets, before leaving that behind to emerge as England’s standout bowler of 2021 and earn a spot as one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year. However, he was publicly admonished for his fitness during the 4-0 Ashes defeat, something that was further investigated when he was unable to play a part in England’s tour of the Caribbean in March.

He started the summer of 2022 and tried to put that problem behind him, only for back cramps and other niggles to narrow him down to just four first-class appearances by mid-May. But 4 for 44 and 5 for 66 in his return to County Championship action for Sussex against Nottinghamshire last week, going through 36.1 overs, showed Robinson was back on track. He will continue to prove his willingness to play by performing for the England Lions in their four-day game against the South Africans in Canterbury, which starts on August 9. ESPNcricinfo understands batter Harry Brook, also a member of the 14-man roster, will also play in this game.
The selection committee finalized the selection on Monday, with Brendon McCullum calling in from New Zealand. He should be back in England early next week.
Robinson was expected to be part of the Lions roster, which is expected to be announced on Friday. But an injury to Surrey speedy Jamie Overton, who made his debut in the final Test against New Zealand at Headingley, saw them pick Robinson into the main group. Robinson was due to represent Manchester Originals in the Hundred, which starts on Wednesday, but chose to continue in Sussex and instead play in their Royal London Cup matches.
Durham’s Matthew Potts, one of the beneficiaries of Robinson’s absence, kept his place in the squad after 18 layoffs during his four Tests this summer. Wicket-keeper batter Sam Billings has retired as Ben Foakes has recovered from his Covid-19 attack, which led to his being substituted during the Headingley test.

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