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Ollie Robinson will miss the decider in the England Test series against the West Indies

Updated: Sep 7, 2022

Ollie Robinson will miss the decider in the England Test series against the West Indies BY 11IC BLOG

Ollie Robinson will miss the Test series decider against the West Indies which starts on Thursday at St George's - his third successive absence on tour - after the latest setback in the England sailor's battle with lingering back problems.

The 28-year-old was seen as a central part of England's restart from the Caribbean ashes, especially after taking 39 wickets from 21 runs apiece in his first nine internationals and deciding to forge Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad at home to leave a new direction for the overseas team.

Although set for a comeback this week after missing matches in Antigua and Barbados due to back spasms, Robinson reported further bowling issues in the net and spent the final day of training again. England to work with the strength and conditioning coach.

"It's as frustrating for him as it is for me," Joe Root said ahead of a game which is England's last chance to claim a first Test victory this sad winter, and also a first successive victory against the West Indies in the Caribbean since 2004.

"He works very hard but something is nagging him and he just has to keep doing what he's doing and trust that time will bring him back. We all know how good he's been in his short career so sooner we we can get it back, the better.

Robinson's absence comes after a tour of Australia where he was forced to give up spells in three different Test matches, prompting bowling coach Jon Lewis to publicly question his professionalism at Hobart.

Root opted not to double that as Robinson's aborted return means Chris Woakes retains his place on a ground which promises to offer more encouragement to sailors and therefore one last chance for the 33-year-old to complete his record. sick to tackle abroad.

Craig Overton is the only change in the England XI after recovering from the illness which gave Matt Fisher a first test in Barbados. The Yorkshireman then returned to the reserve bench.

The West Indies, meanwhile, were debating whether to brush up on their side via hitter Kyle Mayers and sailor Anderson Phillip, with Shamarh Brooks and Alzarri Joseph looking the most vulnerable.

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