Ollie Robinson has stepped down from playing for Sussex this weekend, citing the need for a break as the England and Wales Cricket Council continue to deliberate on offensive tweets from teens who have plunged sport in a crisis.
Robinson, 27, was pulled from the England squad against New Zealand at Edgbaston this week as Joe Root’s side fought back after a collapse on day one of the second test as Dan’s unbeaten 67 Lawrence took them to 258 for Sept.
However, while Robinson is free to play county cricket pending a possible sanction from the ECB, Sussex has granted him time off for “mental health and welfare” reasons and has confirmed that the club would not add punishment.
In a statement on Thursday, Sussex stressed that tweets Robinson sent between 2012 and 2013 were “totally unacceptable,” but added that the crimper retains “the full support” of all of his county teammates and will return to the club when ‘he will be ready. .
The Sussex statement continued: “Ollie is a very different man than the one who wrote these tweets and clearly learned a lot in the years that followed.
“He has clearly expressed the shame, embarrassment and remorse he feels for the discriminatory comments he made.
“As a result of his actions, Ollie has had the opportunity to represent his suspended country, is the focus of intense public and media scrutiny and faces the possibility of further disciplinary action from the ECB.
“Sussex Cricket will not add to these significant penalties. The club will turn its attention to supporting Ollie in her commitment to continue learning in the area of equality, diversity and inclusion.
In addition to Robinson, who will initially miss the T20 Blast matches against Gloucestershire on Friday and Hampshire on Saturday, the ECB board has also considered questionable social media posts from other England players and discussions continue with Team England Player Partnership during the second test. .
On the pitch, Root supporters were roared by 17,000 supporters in Edgbaston as part of the government’s pilot program for sporting events. Rory Burns, who followed a century in Sunday’s draw at Lord’s with 81, insists their focus has not been affected.
Burns said: “As soon as we got here it was, ‘What can we do to win the game and win the series?’ It’s just that all eyes are on cricket, trying to do our best. “
Asked about Lawrence, who led an 185-for-six recovery, Burns replied, “He likes his flair and some of his shots have been brilliant. There is something in this surface for everyone.