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Ollie Robinson has withdrawn from the County Select XI owing to back stiffness

Ollie Robinson’s goal of a Test comeback has been dashed again after sustaining an injury during a warm-up session. Robinson missed the County Select XI’s match against the visiting New Zealanders in Chelmsford on May 26 owing to back stiffness.

The bowler made his Test debut against New Zealand at Lord’s in 2021, taking seven wickets and establishing himself as a formidable seamer. Robinson took 28 wickets in his maiden home season and was similarly effective in the away series in different conditions during the Ashes. Concerns regarding his fitness began to surface during that tour after he missed the Sydney Test owing to a back spasm. Even during the West Indies’ away series, Robinson was selected to lead the pace attack in the absence of the veterans James Anderson and Stuart Broad. However, he suffered another back injury during the warm-up game and was forced to miss the entire series. The visitors were defeated in the series due to a lack of substance on the team.

Robinson’s Sussex county season began with a number of difficulties, including a tooth condition that caused him to wait until the arrival of Middlesex in early May to make his debut. Despite taking five wickets in the first innings, he was plagued by stomach poisoning in his next encounter against Leicestershire.

Robinson will miss the first two games against New Zealand, and with the T20 Blast dominating county cricket, his only chance for atonement is the single Championship starting June 12 against Glamorgan in Cardiff, which might lead to the series’ third and final Test. Meanwhile, Middlesex’s Ethan Bamber has been nominated to the County Select XI as his replacement.