ENG VS NZ: Ollie Robinson’s chances of a Test return have been dealt another blow. As he is forced to withdraw from the County Select XI’s match against the touring New Zealanders in Chelmsford on Thursday. It is due to the back stiffness he experienced during the warm-up. Robinson, who was named one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year, made his Test debut against New Zealand at Lord’s almost exactly a year ago. Where he overcame an off-field controversy surrounding his historically offensive social media post to take seven wickets and cement his status as one of the best English-style seamers in the game. Find more Cricket Predictions and match guides for the 2022 season here on our site.

He went on to take 28 wickets at 19.60 in his first home season. And he proved that his approach could also be effective overseas with 11 further wickets at 25.54 in England’s Ashes campaign. On that tour, though, worries about his fitness began to arise. And after missing the Sydney Test due to a back spasm, he bowled just 19 overs across two innings in the series decider at Hobart.

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Following his first-innings collapse, England’s bowling coach, Jon Lewis, chastised him, saying: “we’ve been pretty frank with him. And now it’s up to him to go and do the work”. Robinson, who had been selected for England’s three-Test tour to the Caribbean, ostensibly as the attack leader following the controversial withdrawals of James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Experienced a recurrence of his back spasm during England’s lone warm-up in Antigua and did not play in the series.

Ollie Robinson’s County Season

Ollie Robinson's County Season
Ollie Robinson’s County Season

Robinson’s county season with Sussex began with various setbacks. Including a tooth infection that forced him to wait until the arrival of Middlesex in early May to make his first appearance. After impressing with five first-innings wickets. He was forced to miss his following match against Leicestershire at Grace Road due to food poisoning. If you want to see more online betting apps and match guides from our experts then head to the main betting tips page to help you find your best bet of the day.

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In the first innings, he bowled one over, and on the third day, he only bowled seven overs. Including four overs of off-spin. In New Zealand’s subsequent tour game at Hove, he got a better effort. Bowling 18 economical, albeit wicketless overs in a rain-affected match.

Ollie Robinson’s Chance For Comeback In England Squad

Robinson now has a solitary Championship game, against Glamorgan in Cardiff from June 12. In that match, he can press his case for inclusion in the third Test at Headingley. The third test begins on June 23. Robinson has already been omitted from England’s squad for the first two Tests of the New Zealand tour. And with the Vitality Blast now dominating the county schedules.

“Ollie felt a bit of stiffness in his back while he was warming up this morning before the game. We had a chat and felt as a precaution that it was sensible for him to sit out this match.”

Richard Dawson, the ECB’s pathways coach who is overseeing this match

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