Ollie Robinson: England bowler takes a "quick break" from cricket


Ollie Robinson returned match numbers of 7-101 and scored 42 in his only innings in the first Test drawn against New Zealand

English bowler Ollie Robinson will miss Sussex's first two T20 Blast games as he is taking a "brief break" from cricket.

The 27-year-old seaman was suspended from international cricket on Sunday after sharing racist and sexist tweets he posted in 2012 and 2013 online.

He will miss the Sussex games against Gloucestershire and Hampshire on Friday and Saturday respectively.

There is currently no indication of when he will play again.

"After a difficult week, Ollie has decided to take a short break from the game to spend quality time with his young family," said a Sussex statement.

"We remain in close contact with Ollie from a welfare standpoint and will provide more information on his availability in due course."

Tweets posted when Robinson was 18 and 19 years old came to light on the first day of England's drawn first Test against New Zealand at Lord & # 39; s as he made his international debut on the field.

He later apologized and said he was "ashamed" and "embarrassed".

After the test, he was suspended pending an investigation by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and banned from the second test, which began Thursday.

Sussex said: "Ollie's tweets were totally unacceptable and their content runs counter to our stated ambition to inspire people from all backgrounds in our county to say, 'I feel part of Sussex Cricket".

"Ollie is a very different man than the one who wrote these tweets and has clearly learned a lot in the years in between.

"As a result of his actions, Ollie has had the opportunity to represent his country in a suspended manner, is the focus of intense public and media scrutiny and is faced with further disciplinary measures by the ECB.

"Sussex cricket will not increase these substantial penalties.

"The club will pay close attention to helping Ollie in his commitment to learning about equality, diversity and inclusion."

Robinson can play for Sussex at any time during his suspension in England.

They will also be playing T20 Blast games next Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

"When he's ready to return, Ollie will be back at the club where discussions with the rest of the squad last week have made it clear that he will retain the support of all of his Sussex teammates," said Sussex.

"Ollie has more to learn in this area. We all do. We all have a responsibility to improve and make cricket a game for everyone."

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