Ollie Robinson, a pitcher, has successfully re-joined the English team for the first two Test matches against South Africa. Robinson returned to the County Championship last week after missing England’s games since the West Indies tour earlier this year because of a back issue.
In the 14-man team that faced India in the fifth Test match that was postponed last month, Robinson takes the place of Jamie Overton. Ben Foakes will resume keeping wickets after contracting Covid during the India Test. Harry Brook has also been included in the team despite not playing in his first Test against New Zealand or India.
After a solid start to the summer with Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes, ECB Men’s Performance Director Mo Bobat remarked, “We’re looking forward to an interesting Test series against a quality South Africa team.” “With consistency in mind, the selectors have chosen a squad for the opening two Test matches at Lord’s and Emirates Old Trafford.
“Having Ollie Robinson back in the mix following his recent injury is a wonderful thing. In a four-day game in Canterbury the following week, he will play for the Lions vs South Africa to further his development.
The tourists will first play the England Lions in a four-day match beginning on August 9 before the Tests. On August 17, the first Test will begin at Lord’s, and then there will be two more Tests.
Robinson remarked last week, “I felt a touch rusty as I assume after a few months it is going to be, but the ball came out OK. The England coaches have given me full permission to give this game my all after I expressed my desire to bowl as many overs as the team required, without any constraints.
Men’s performance director for England Mo Bobat stated that the team was chosen “with continuity in mind.” Four victories in four games have been achieved by the team during its maiden summer under the leadership of Ben Stokes and with Brendon McCullum serving as coach.
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