UK News Ollie Robinson punishment ‘over the top’, says Culture Secretary Dowden
Ollie Robinson and James Bracey handed England debuts at Lord’s
James Anderson makes his 161st Test appearance in a four-man seam attack.Bracey’s inclusion as wicketkeeper was confirmed by Joe Root on the eve of the contest while Robinson was presented with his first Test cap, with the Sussex fast bowler part of a four-man all-seam attack.
The suspension handed to England cricketer Ollie Robinson while he is investigated for racist and sexist messages posted as a teenager is “over the top”, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said.
Robinson had an impressive Test debut in the draw with New Zealand at Lord’s, picking up seven wickets in the match and making a handy 42 with the bat.
However, the start to the pace bowler’s Test career was overshadowed by the emergence of the offensive posts he sent in 2012 and 2013, when he was in his late teens.
England cricketer Ollie Robinson apologises 'unreservedly' for racist and sexist tweets
England cricketer Ollie Robinson has apologised "unreservedly" for a number of racist and sexist messages he posted on Twitter in 2012. © PA Ollie Robinson has apologised for the tweets he posted in 2012 The fast bowler, who also plays for Sussex County Cricket Club, added he is "ashamed" of the tweets he posted as an 18-year-old.The cricketer made disparaging remarks about Asian people and women in the tweets, which have resurfaced on the day he made his England Test debut.
Ollie Robinson’s tweets were offensive and wrong.
They are also a decade old and written by a teenager. The teenager is now a man and has rightly apologised. The ECB has gone over the top by suspending him and should think again.
— Oliver Dowden (@OliverDowden)
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said Robinson has been suspended from all international cricket pending the outcome of a disciplinary investigation.
Mr Dowden said: “Ollie Robinson’s tweets were offensive and wrong.
“They are also a decade old and written by a teenager.
“The teenager is now a man and has rightly apologised.
“The ECB has gone over the top by suspending him and should think again.”
Suspended Robinson has full support of England team-mates – Anderson .
Ollie Robinson's apology was accepted by his England team-mates and James Anderson does not feel let down by the paceman.Offensive social media posts by Robinson in 2012 and 2013 came to light while he was making his Test debut against New Zealand at Lord's last week.