Ollie Robinson says he will ‘get in New Zealand’s faces’ and give England ‘edge’ if he debuts at Lord’s
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Ollie Robinson says he’s ready to ‘get into New Zealand faces’ if he makes his England Test debut at Lord’s
Ollie Robinson has vowed to “get in New Zealand’s face” and add an “edge” to England’s attack if he makes his test debut against the Black Caps at Lord’s.
The 27-year-old Robinson headed into the 2021 county season with Sussex having taken 159 top-class wickets in the previous three seasons averaging 17.59 and bagging 29 in five games averaging 14.72 this span before joining. with England before the first test on Wednesday.
However, the sailor, who spent time in England’s biosecurity bubble during the coronavirus pandemic, says he will bring aggression and skill if selected against Kane Williamson’s men.
Speaking to reporters, Robinson said: “I would say that I am a cricketer with all my heart. As soon as I cross the white line, I have a different advantage that people might not have seen in county cricket.
“I’ll get in the face of New Zealand and try to cheer the guys up a bit. Hopefully I can bring that extra edge. They’re verbal, but also body language, being awake. I’m going to go pretty hard.
“Some interviews I’ve done have called it white line fever and that I’m a different character when I go out on the field. It gives me that extra boost when I can go to the players, throw the best players, and then go to them.
“He [New Zealand’s] Ross Taylor and Williamson quite well after playing with them in Sussex and Yorkshire. That probably makes it a bit easier.
“It may be more difficult the first day, I may have some nerves, but [aggression] it’s my way of fighting that, taking my thoughts elsewhere and getting into the game. “
Robinson is not blessed with the fast pace of his Sussex teammate Jofra Archer, but believes he has the quality to succeed at the test level.
He also revealed the scope of the investigation he has conducted as he prepares to face New Zealand and even revealed his plans for Black Caps captain Williamson, the highest ranked test hitter in the world.
Robinson said: “I have to back up my skill and ability in test cricket. There are people who average 21 in test cricket and throw slower than me.
“I will use all my attributes, my height, my ability, and I hope it will serve me well. I feel that if I have the opportunity, I am ready. I don’t feel too nervous right now. I feel I should accept it quite well.
“I have done a lot [of research] in the top four for New Zealand. I’ve seen a lot of images and have been trying to figure out how I’m going to get them out and set them up.
“Williamson is the main one. It seems like pulling him away from him, pushing him through the crease and then using the nip-backer to get him is a solid option. That will be plan A and if he gets a few more, I have some plans B and C second. flat.
“I would say that research and my fitness are the two main areas in which I have improved.”
Robinson was released by Yorkshire in 2014 due to a lack of professionalism, at which point former Australian closer Jason Gillespie was Emerald Headingley’s head coach.
Robinson joined Sussex a year later and later reunited with Gillespie when the latter took over the coach’s reins at Hove in late 2017.
“It has helped me with my bowling, but also off the field, in terms of being professional and having that elite mentality. It has played a big role in the last five or six years of my career,” Robinson added of Gillespie. who left Sussex at the end of the 2020 season to take on a role in his homeland.
“It was strange when I saw [he was taking over at Sussex] But we talked on the phone before he joined in and cleared the air a bit.
“We are all adults and we move on from there. It’s a great relationship and I still talk to him.”
Robinson also said England players will speak on Zoom on Monday about showing their support for racial equality and social justice after cricket managing director Ashley Giles hinted that the team could reaffirm its support after leaving. from kneeling last summer.
Watch the first round between England and New Zealand, at Lord’s, live on Sky Sports Cricket starting at 10am on Wednesday.