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Suspended Ollie Robinson ‘to take short break’ from cricket after storm over controversial historic tweets

Ollie Robinson has already been suspended from international cricket by the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after historical racist and sexist Twitter posts he had made came to light last week during his Test debut in at Lord’s.

Ollie Robinson’s 8-year-old tweets made headlines during his England debut in the Lord’s Test last week (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ollie Robinson has decided to take a short break from the game to spend time with his young family
  • Robinson has been suspended from international cricket after some of his offensive tweets went viral
  • James Anderson, Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler are also under scanner for some of their offensive tweets

Fast bowler Ollie Robinson has decided to take a break from the sport amid the ongoing controversy over some of his historical racist and sexist Twitter posts, that went viral during his international debut for England in London last week.

Robinson has already been suspended from international cricket by the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as it opened an investigation into the matter after a few of his 8-year-old tweets resurfaced on social media during the Lord’s Test.

Robinson was playing his debut match for England against New Zealand in the 1st Test when the historical racist and sexist Twitter posts came to light. After his suspension, the 27-year-old was replaced by Olly Stone for the 2nd Test at Edgbaston, which began earlier on Thursday.

“Ollie Robinson will not be part of the Sussex Sharks squad for the team’s opening two Vitality Blast fixtures against Gloucestershire and Hampshire Hawks on Friday and Saturday evenings. After a difficult week, Ollie has decided to take a short break from the game to spend time with his young family.

“Player and staff welfare — including mental health and wellbeing — is a priority for the club and, as such, Sussex Cricket fully supports Ollie in his decision,” the team said in a statement.

“When he is ready to return, Ollie will be welcomed back to the club, where discussions with the remainder of the squad over the last week have made clear that he retains the support of all his Sussex team-mates.

“We remain in close contact with Ollie from a welfare perspective and will issue further updates on his availability at the relevant times.”

England’s most-experienced Test cricketer James Anderson, white-ball captain Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler are also under investigation for their offensive posts made years ago.

The England cricket board has stressed that each of these cases will be investigated individually and “relevant and appropriate action” will be taken if the players are proven guilty of posting offensive comments on social media in the past.

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