England pacemaker Ollie Robinson’s unflinching farewell to Usman Khawaja became the talk of the town after the end of the first Test. Robinson fired Khawaja in the early innings and used the F-word to give him an unwanted sendoff.
In the second inning, Robinson tried to get under Khawaja’s skin once more only to get a reaction from him. The matchup became the point of debate after the end of the first half with former cricket pundits having different opinions on the matter.
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Gillespie also wrote about the incident in his column for the Daily Mail. He said that the general behavior on the pitch by all the players in the first Test was “fine” despite the Robinson incident. He went on to add that sending offs in modern cricket no longer look good and are a thing of the past.
“I know that some of my former Australian teammates have influenced the behavior of the players and that of England’s Ollie Robinson in particular, but I think the atmosphere on the pitch was good in Birmingham. All I would say is, whoever instigated the conversation between Usman Khawaja and Ollie, the days of the F-bomb explosion are truly behind us.” Gillespie said.
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Ollie Robinson is a strong competitor who wants to win: Jason Gillespie
The former Australian pacemaker further pointed out some areas that the England pacemaker needs to correct.
“I don’t think Ollie’s behavior was vindictive, I’ve trained him and he’s just a strong competitor who cares and wants to win, but it doesn’t look good in 2023. Be competitive, yes. He be aggressive with body language, mind you. But he channels that the right way. If Ollie had his time again, he probably wouldn’t have said that, but that doesn’t mean he’s not allowed to be positive and aggressive and let the Aussies know they’re in a competition.” added the former Australian pacer.
Lord’s will host the second test from June 28 to July 2. Headingley will host the third test from 6-10 July. Manchester (July 19-23) and The Oval (July 27-31) will host the final two Test matches to conclude the series.
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