Sussex seamer Ollie Robinson is having a test match debut to remember at Lords. In the opening test of New Zealand’s first innings, Robinson took 4 for 75 along with picking up wickets in their second innings. He isn’t a bad batsman either having scored 42 coming in at number 8 in England’s First innings.
Before start of play tweets were unearthed about Robinson
You would have thought that the headlines on the opening day of the first test of the summer would be about Robinson’s successful debut. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case as before the start of play tweets were unearthed within hours of the side taking the field.
England wore pre match sporting t-shirts carrying messages against racism and sexism. The unsavoury comments made by Robinson were dug up once again on social media.
The comments concerned date back to a period ending in June 2013, when as an 18-year-old he was having a trial with Yorkshire. He made his debut with Yorkshire’s second team after being released by Kent.
Robinson never settled in Yorkshire
Robinson signed a professional contract with Yorkshire back in September 2013 before leaving in July 2014. Then aged 19, Robinson was sacked after less than a year at Headingley due to poor timekeeping.
Eventually Sussex snapped up his services and has been an outstanding player for the Hove club. After some impressive performances for Sussex this season, Robinson has gained his due reward by getting an International call up.
However, this one test looks likely to be his only test against New Zealand with the ECB are likely to make an example of him in their bid to rid the sport of discrimination.
He was wrong to post unsavoury tweets, but he has now learnt his lesson
Yes, he was wrong to post those sorts of tweets back in 2013. Yes, it is something that anybody should ever do at any stage of their life. But remember Robinson was a young player at the time of his misdeeds.
He always had a reputation as a youngster for being a little hot headed but let’s face it who doesn’t at such a young age.
Robinson stood up and apologised to his team mates in the England dressing room on the opening day. He has had to face a huge amount of backlash, quiet rightly so about this, but he has learned by his error of judgement.
Only this year he was subject to virtual classrooms on unconscious bias, diversity and inclusion put out by the PCA.
He has grown up now and is a much wiser person
Robinson is now 27 years of age. He has learnt by his mistake. Surely it is time to forget about the past and move on. Everybody makes mistakes and surely deserves a second chance. I am pretty certain that he has learnt by this error and would never repeat the same mistake again.he has grown older and a lot more wiser.