- Olly Robinson’s Test debut was spoiled after previous offensive tweets surfaced
- The seamer was handed an eight-match ban, five of which were suspended
- Robinson returns to Test squad for first time since ban
- Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Sam Curran have also been recalled
England have cleared the slate by welcoming Ollie Robinson back on the first Test occasion after being suspended for his historic offensive tweet.
The Sussex pacer was on Wednesday included in a 17-man squad for next month’s first two Tests against India, with England confirming they consider the decade-old racist and sexist missiles controversy now closed.
Robinson’s Test debut against New Zealand at Lord’s earlier this season was sparked by the emergence of tweets sent at the age of 18 and 19, which forced him to make a public apology after his first day as an England player.
Ollie Robinson has been recalled to the England Test squad for the first time since his ban
England star’s Test debut was marred after historic racist and sexist tweet surfaced
The 27-year-old showed promise with the bat, taking seven wickets in Tests and scoring 42, but was ruled out of the second match against the Kiwis and then banned for eight matches, five of which were suspended. Cricket Discipline Commission.
England made no mention of the suspension when they announced another enlarged squad, but coach Chris Silverwood said: ‘Oli proved in that Test his ability to repeat his outstanding form in the County Championship at international level. and we will continue to work with them. To develop his England career.
Ben Stokes, who returned to captain England’s 50-over side to win over Pakistan earlier this month, is back in the squad even though he was ruled out of the Twenty20 series against Pakistan because of his broken The injured finger has not fully healed yet.
And there are also places for Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler and Sam Curran, all rested for the New Zealand series due to IPL commitments, with the Welsh Fire Hundred now needing to find a replacement captain for Bairstow.
Robinson was given a suspension and fined £3,200 following an ECB investigation, and even the prime minister has spoken out over the punishment he received for the decade-old tweets.
It is too soon for Jofra Archer, who England now hopes can be fit enough to play for Sussex at the end of the five-match series after returning from elbow surgery, while extremely unlucky Chris Woakes missed with a heel injury.
Ollie Pope is still involved, as SportsMail revealed on Wednesday, struggling to get fit for the first Test on August 4 with a thigh injury. This could pave the way for Dan Lawrence to take his place at Trent Bridge.
There is also room for Haseeb Hameed, who can put pressure on poor performers Dom Sibley and Jacques Crowley for a top three spot. But David Malan’s hopes of a return to the Test team ahead of the Ashes this winter were dealt a blow with his exclusion.
At least Malan was given a vote of confidence by his Twenty20 captain Eoin Morgan after England’s thrilling win over Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford on Tuesday.
Malan struggled to make an impact in the three-match series won by England 2-1 and spent 33 balls scoring 31 runs in a last-over win at Manchester.
Ben Stokes (left) and Jos Buttler (right) have also returned for the India series next month
England squad for India test series
Root (c), Anderson, Bairstow, Bess, Broad, Burns, Butler, Crowley, S Curran, Hameed, Lawrence, Leach, Pope, Robinson, Sibley, Stokes, Wood.
And with Liam Livingstone making a formidable case to join England’s side for October’s Twenty20 World Cup by becoming the player of the series against Pakistan, the pressure is back on the No. 1 ranked T20 batsman in the world.
But Morgan, who will name his provisional World Cup squad in September, could not have been more impressive about Malan on Wednesday when he said: ‘I see Dawood playing a big role in our team.
‘Just because he has a quiet series doesn’t mean he isn’t a good player. He has done extraordinary things for us over a long period of time and I think this game really suits his game because he can go through gears and most of the guys on our side can’t.’
All England Test players will be allowed to play two matches for their hundred teams before going to training camp on July 28, a week before the first Test of the marquee series against India.