ENG vs WI Test: Bowling allrounder Ollie Robinson has been sidelined from the third and the final Test against West Indies in Grenada due to a recurring back problem, which he encountered during training on Thursday. The issue forced him to miss out on the first two Tests in Antigua and Barbados this month, both of which ended in a draw.
This comes as a major blow to the England team as they are also without the services of veterans bowlers, James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Despite the fact that his fitness record was openly questioned by team management following a similar back injury during the Hobart Test in January, Robinson was tipped as the team’s leading assault with the ball.
Robinson was unable to achieve his full potential in a net session on Wednesday, according to captain Joe Root. “Ollie wasn’t as good as we would have liked or he was expecting himself,” Joe Root, England’s captain, explained on the eve of the Test. “It’s just frustrating for him as it is for me. He’s working very hard but there’s something that’s nagging away at him. I’m not sure exactly of the medical prognosis.
“He’s just got to keep on doing what he’s doing and trust in time that he’s going to get himself back,” Root added. “We all know how effective he has been and how good he’s been in his short career up to now so the sooner we can get him back the better.”
The injury is a major flameout in the Sussex seamer’s career so far, who had returned to the team after serving a ban for his record inflammatory tweets, which were found during his Test debut against New Zealand at Lord’s in June last year. Upon making his return, which he did so in a match against India, Robinson picked 21 wickets at 21.33, including two five-wicket hauls, thereby establishing himself as one of the most successful bowlers of the Test team.
Although his health remained a major concern during the Ashes, he has already accumulated 39 wickets at 21.28. His fitness woes had also made him miss out on the Sydney Test during the Ashes.
Meanwhile, the team has added Craig Overton to the squad to replace Yorkshire’s Matthew Fisher, the only change in an otherwise unchanged setup.
Unlike Robinson, Overton passed through training uninjured and returns to the squad after missing the Barbados match due to sickness.
Overton, a Somerset seamer, replaces Fisher in England’s bowling attack, which includes Overton, all-rounders Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes, fast bowler Saqib Mahmood, and spinner Jack Leach.
ENG vs WI Test, England squad: Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (captain), Dan Lawrence, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Foakes (wk), Chris Woakes, Craig Overton, Jack Leach, Saqib Mahmood