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OLLIE ROBINSON was recalled to the England Test squad today for the first time since he was banned for a series of offensive historic tweets.
The Sussex seamer was handed a dream Lord’s debut against New Zealand in June, but the occasion turned into a nightmare when racist, sexist and otherwise abhorrent messages dating back almost a decade came to light.
The 27-year-old ended his first day as an international cricketer with a public apology before an investigation by the cricket discipline committee saw him served with an eight-match ban, with five of those suspended for two years.
He has since made a low-key return to county action and has now been recalled by England head coach Chris Silverwood at the first time of asking, joining a 17-man squad – in which Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Sam Curran also return – for the first two Tests against India next month.
Announcing Robinson’s return via press release, Silverwood gave no hint of the off-field drama, saying only: “We have selected Ollie Robinson after his seven-wicket Test debut against New Zealand.
“Ollie proved in that Test that he has the ability to replicate his outstanding form in the County Championship at international level and we will continue to work with him to develop his England career.”
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