Ollie Robinson delighted to show he’s the ‘real deal’ with maiden five-wicket Test haul after fearing he may never play for England again following his ban for racist and sexist tweets
- Ollie Robinson claimed his first Test five-for in only his second Test match
- Discovery of offensive historical tweets overshadowed his debut in 2019
- The bowler feared for his England career after being banned over the tweets
Ollie Robinson took his first Test five-for, then admitted he feared for his England career after racist and sexist tweets were uncovered during his debut at Lord’s two months ago.
He described the past few weeks as the ‘toughest of my life’, and added: ‘It affected myself and my family, but I’ve learned a lot since then.
‘I was a young and naive guy, and I made a lot of mistakes – not just the tweets. I’ve grown a lot since then, and I’m a father now as well. I’ve tried to make myself the best person I can be.
England’s Ollie Robinson celebrates his maiden five-wicket haul in the first Test against India
‘There was a time when I was speaking with my lawyers and looking at the fact that I could be banned for a couple of years and never play for England again.’
Robinson has already been on a social-media course, and will work with the Professional Cricketers’ Association to encourage others not to make the mistakes he did.
For now, though, he has shown what he can do with a ball in hand.
‘It was important for me to show everyone I was the real deal on the field,’ he said. ‘After a tough week at Lord’s, I’ll cherish this for a long time.’
Robinson feared for his England career after being banned for racist and sexist tweets
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