Ahead of his much-awaited Test debut for England at Lord’s, Sussex quick Ollie Robinson had talked about his preparations and plans with the ultimate aim to try and dismiss New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson.
Well, if not Williamson, Tom Latham it may be, but Robinson had much to smile and jump in joy for, as he started off his career on a very bright note on Wednesday (June 2) morning and got the better of ever-determined Kiwi opening batsman.
Latham became Ollie Robinson’s first Test scalp for the three lions after nicking a ball skidding across him from over-the-wicket angle back onto his stumps. Till then, Latham had batted really watchfully and was looking in his element at the crease. But Robinson, with his pace, got him hurried and disturbed before ultimately getting his wicket.
It was a dream come true for Robinson, who had to wait for only four overs to get on board as a Test pacer for his country and that too with the wicket of one of New Zealand’s better batsman.
Latham, a usually solid defensive left-hand batsman for the Kiwis, was clearly late in bringing his bat down and ended up inside edging the delivery.
WATCH – Ollie Robinson starts Test career on a bright note, dismisses Tom Latham
Ollie Robinson had been on the fringes of the England Test team for a while but couldn’t break into the playing XI until Jofra Archer got injured. With Archer still recovering from an elbow issue, Robinson could join the attack as the fourth paceman alongside James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Mark Wood.
Robinson comes into Test cricket with as many as 279 first-class wickets to his name at only 21.04 runs per piece from 63 matches, including 16 five-wicket hauls. In the first half of the County Championship season this year, he bagged 29 scalps from his 5 matches for Sussex at an average of just 14.72.
Robinson has had quite a turnaround in his career since having to shift base from Yorkshire, who dropped him as a teenager on accusations of lack of professionalism.
With all the form and rhythm behind him, Ollie Robinson is ready to unleash his wrath on Kiwi batsmen in the coming two weeks and strengthen his claim to retain a place in the attack against India.
Our first wicket of the summer! 🙌
And a maiden Test wicket on debut for @ollierobinson25 👏
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 2, 2021