ENG vs NZ: Ollie Robinson may not have played a single match for the Three Lions but there is no lack of confidence in the 27-year-old. The fast bowler, who is expected to make his debut in absence of Jofra Archer, believes he has already cracked the code to get New Zealand captain Kane Williamson out when they face the side in the 1st Test at Lord’s on June 2.
Ollie Robinson will be the third seamer for Joe Root’s England besides James Anderson and Stuart Broad. However, the batting department will be inexperienced against the Black Caps who will only miss Trent Boult for the 1st Test.
But before making his debut, Ollie Robinson has already made special plans for New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who is considered one of the best Test batsmen of the current generation.
ENG vs NZ: “I can’t say too much in case the New Zealand guys see this but I have done a lot of work on their top four. Kane Williamson is obviously the main one. It looks like swinging the ball away from him, setting him up, pulling him across and then using the crease with the nip backer to get him lbw looks like a solid option. That will be Plan A and if he gets runs we’ve got Plans B and C in the background,” Ollie Robinson was quoted saying by Daily Mail.
Ollie Robinson, who was sacked by Yorkshire for lack of professionalism during his teenage, has made a remarkable turnaround. Currently, at Sussex, he has flourished as a bowler and credits his step-father Paul Farbrace and Australian pace legend Jason Gillespie for his turnaround. Gillespie was with Yorkshire when Robinson was shown the door. The Australian later became Hove coach and nurtured Robinson.
ENG vs NZ: “I’m a changed character when I go on the field. It just gives me a little boost when I’m able to go at good players. There’s an edge to me that people might not have seen in county cricket and I will be getting in New Zealand’s faces,” Ollie Robinson said.
However, he added that he had to “clear the air” with Gillespie. “We spoke on the phone, cleared the air and moved on from there. Our relationship has blossomed from there. Jason helped me be professional and encouraged that elite mentality on the field. Since then, we’ve had a great relationship and I still talk to him now,” Robinson added.