Ollie Robinson WILL play for Manchester Originals in The Hundred this summer, despite the England bowler being suspended from international cricket pending investigation into historical racist and sexist tweets
- England bowler Ollie Robinson remains suspended from international cricket
- He is being investigated over sexist and racist tweets posted in 2012 and 2013
- The tweets emerged during his Test debut against New Zealand last month
- Since then, Robinson has played only two T20 games for Sussex
Ollie Robinson, who remains suspended from international cricket, will play for Manchester Originals in The Hundred this summer.
Robinson, 27, is being investigated over sexist and racist tweets posted in 2012 and 2013. The tweets emerged during his Test debut against New Zealand at Lord’s last month.
Since then, he has played only two T20 games for Sussex, both at the end of June. Now he will play for Manchester and replace Harry Gurney, who has retired with shoulder trouble.
Seamer Ollie Robinson will play for Manchester Originals in The Hundred this summer
Meanwhile, Graham Thorpe has urged Sam Curran to turn himself into a world-class all-format cricketer after collecting his first five-wicket haul for England.
Curran was player of the match as Sri Lanka were brushed aside by eight wickets in the second one-day international at The Oval, but England want him to take the next step up and make a regular impact at Test level too.
Since first playing for his country in 2018, he has featured in fits and starts across the formats, while 21 Test caps have produced a batting average of 25 (but no hundred) and a bowling average of 32 (but no five-for). His five for 48 on Thursday night lifted his ODI tally to 12 wickets in 10 games.
‘His T20 cricket has progressed really well,’ said Thorpe, who has been standing in to give head coach Chris Silverwood a breather.
The England bowler is currently serving a suspension from international cricket
‘Establishing himself as a 50-over player for us is really important, and he’s got to try and be in the mix as well for Test cricket.
‘It sounds like quite a lot of cricket. As you know with someone like Ben Stokes, the amount of work and fitness levels required is huge.
‘That’s ultimately still the challenge for Sam, to be a multi-format cricketer and deliver that consistency for England time and again.’
Sussex left-arm quick George Garton could make his international debut at Bristol on Sunday, as England look to wrap up a 3-0 whitewash.
‘We know he’s got a bit of pace on him, but he’s also got some good tricks up his sleeve — slower balls, and a decent bouncer,’ said Thorpe. ‘It’s one thing seeing it at a county level, it’s another thing stepping up and doing it in international matches as well.’
Robinson was suspended after racist and sexist tweets he posted came to light
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