Ollie Robinson will miss his second test against New Zealand next week at Edgbaston, awaiting an investigation into racist and sexist Twitter messages after being suspended from all international cricket, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Sunday. Sussex quickly made his debut in England in Robins in the first test which ended on Sunday in the Lord. But thanks to his efforts with bats and pelota, the 27-year-old’s racist and sexist messages on social media posted in 2012 and 2013 as teenagers reappeared.
“England and Sussex bowler Ollie Robinson has been suspended from all international cricket until the result of a disciplinary investigation following the historic tweets published in 2012 and 2013,” the ECB said in a statement.
“They will not be selected for the second round of LV = Insurance against New Zealand starting at Edgbaston on Thursday 10 June.
“Robinson will leave the English camp immediately and return to his county,” he added.
Paceman led England’s attack in the first innings of the Lord’s with a 4-75 lead and a 3-26 lead in the second, scoring a useful 42 with a bat.
But he found himself apologizing unconditionally on Wednesday, his first day at Test Cricket, with comments suggesting Muslim people were linked to terrorism and derogatory remarks about women and people with Asian heritage.
His messages reappeared to be a “moment of unity” designed to show the anti-discrimination stance that the two teams lined up to play before Wednesday, with England saying “Cricket is a game for everyone”.
Robinson, after playing on Wednesday, said in a statement that the messages were “embarrassing” and “embarrassing.”
“I want to make it clear that I am not racist and I am not sexist,” he added.
England captain Joe Root was speaking after he stumbled on Sunday, but before announcing Robinson’s break-up, he said of the tweets: “I personally couldn’t believe it.”
Root, however, added that Robinson has shown “great regret” that is “very real.”
As for Robinson’s first game, as a Test cricketer on Lord’s Field, Skipper said: “He has made an extraordinary debut … He has shown a high level of skill and has definitely achieved a game that can be successful in Test Cricket.”
Root, however, stressed, “As for things that have happened off the field, it’s not acceptable in our game. We all know that.”
On suggestions that the ECB should investigate Robinson’s social media history before making its debut in England, Root said: “We can look back at how it could have been better suited, but the fact is that it shouldn’t have happened.
“And if we keep trying to improve the game right now, that shouldn’t be a problem in the next few years.
“We have to go from there, we have to learn from that and we have to do everything we can to prevent it from happening again.”
Robinson has a separate employment contract with Sussex and is therefore free to play in the South Coast region, on an international break.
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