Robinson recalled to England cricket squad

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Ollie Robinson has been recalled to the England Test cricket squad for the first time since being banned for a series of offensive racist and sexist historic tweets.

The Sussex seamer was handed a dream Lord's debut against New Zealand in June but saw the occasion turn into a nightmare when racist, sexist and otherwise abhorrent messages dating back almost a decade came to light.

The 27-year-old ended his first day as an international cricketer with a public apology but was not considered for the next match and an investigation by the Cricket Discipline Committee saw him served with an eight-match ban, with five of those suspended for two years.

He has since made a low-key return to county action but has been recalled by England head coach Chris Silverwood at the first time of asking, joining a 17-man squad for the first two Tests against India next month.

Announcing his return via press release, Silverwood gave no hint of the off-field drama, saying only: "We have selected Ollie Robinson after his seven-wicket Test debut against New Zealand.

"Ollie proved in that Test that he has the ability to replicate his outstanding form in the County Championship at international level and we will continue to work with him to develop his England career."

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