England select five fast bowlers for Proteas Test squad



England have recalled Ollie Robinson to the 14-man squad for the first two Tests this month in a three-match series against South Africa.

Robinson has not played for England since the Ashes ended in January due to several health issues, mostly back related.

But the 28-year-old sunsetter scored nine goals in the recent Sussex County Championship game against Nottinghamshire before being recalled by England in place of the injured Jamie Overton.

Troubled newcomer Zach Crowley has retained his spot on the unchanged lineup.

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Robinson will now be looking to add to an impressive tally of 39 wickets in nine Tests at 21:28 when England play South Africa in Lord’s first Test starting on 17 August.

He will have a chance to apply for a Test XI spot by playing for England Lions’ second team in their four-night tour fixture against South Africa at Canterbury next week.

England won all four of their Tests under the new leadership duo of captain Ben Stokes and red-ball head coach Brendon McCullum, including a 3-0 whitewash of world champions New Zealand.

“After a great start to the summer under Brandon McCallum and Ben Stokes, we are looking forward to an exciting Test series against a strong South African team,” said Mo Bobath, director of men’s performances at the England and Wales Cricket Board. was announced on Tuesday.

“The selectors have chosen the squad for the first two tests at Lords and Old Trafford with continuity in mind.

“It’s good to have Ollie Robinson back in the game after a recent injury. He will continue his progress by playing for the Lions against South Africa in a four-day match at Canterbury next week.”

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After an unsuccessful Ashes streak where the England coaching staff publicly questioned his approach to fitness, Robinson missed the subsequent West Indies tour due to back spasms.

He was scheduled to play for the County Select XI against New Zealand in May but missed out with a stiff back before a bout of Covid-19 forced him to spend more time out of action before returning to play at Trent Bridge.

If Robinson proves his worth with the Lions, he will compete alongside James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Matthew Potts and Craig Overton for a spot on England’s Lords team.

The rest of the Lions’ roster is due to be announced on Friday.

England squad for the first two Tests against South Africa:

Ben Stokes (Durham, Captain), James Anderson (Lancashire), Johnny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Harry Brooke (Yorkshire), Zach Crowley (Kent), Ben Fawkes (Surrey, wkt), Jack Leach (Somerset) ), Alex Leese (Durham), Craig Overton (Somerset), Matthew Potts (Durham), Olly Pope (Surrey), Olly Robinson (Sussex), Joe Root (Yorkshire)

Fixtures

August 17-21: England vs South Africa 1st Test Lord’s

August 25-29: England v South Africa 2nd Test, Old Trafford

September 8-12: England – South Africa, 3rd Test, Oval