Fast bowler Ollie Robinson was on Wednesday recalled to England’s Test squad for the first time since being banned for sending discriminatory tweets.
Robinson has been included in head coach Chris Silverwood’s 17-man squad for the first two Tests of the five-match series against India starting August 4 at Trent Bridge.
Robinson, 27, received an eight-match ban for racist and sexist tweets he posted between 2012-14, when he was between the ages of 18 and 20. Five matches of the ban were suspended for two years.
Silverwood did not mention the ban in his statement announcing the team.
“We have picked Ollie Robinson after his seven-wicket Test debut against New Zealand,” Silverwood said. “Oli proved in that Test that he has the ability to replicate his outstanding form at the County Championship at international level and we will continue to work with him to develop his England career.”
All-rounder Ben Stokes returned after missing a fractured finger in the two-match series against New Zealand in June. He captained England’s one-day international team to a 3-0 series win against Pakistan earlier this month.
Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow are back as wicketkeeper-batsmen and Sam Curran has returned as an all-round option.
“The return of all-rounders Ben Stokes and Sam Curran provide the balance that allows us to get back into a structure that has been successful in Test cricket,” Silverwood said. “With Jose and Johnny we have added more experience to the team and the quality will be needed against a second ranked team in the world.”
Ollie Pope was included but Jofra Archer (elbow) and Chris Woakes (heel) were not.
England squad: Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Jack Crawley, Sam Curran, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Dom Sibley , Ben Stokes, Mark Wood.
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LONDON, July 21, 2021 (AFP) – England’s 17-man squad was announced on Wednesday for the first two matches of the five-Test series against India at Trent Bridge starting August 4.
Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Jack Crowley, Sam Curran, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Olly Robinson, Dom Sibley , Ben Stokes, Mark Wood
England vs India fixtures
August 4-8: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
August 12-16: Second Test, Lord’s, London
August 25-29: Third Test, Emerald Headingley, Leeds
September 2-6: Fourth Test, Kia Oval, London
September 10-14: 5th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester