Former Australian cricketer Jason Gillespie opined that England bowler, Ollie Robinson, hasn’t shown the fitness necessary to play at the highest level in the longest format of the game.
Robinson carried back spasms after the conclusion of the first innings in the Hobart Test. England ended up being a bowler short with Joe Root stepping in to bowl a few overs.
“He manages his length very well, can adjust it seamlessly, uses the crease appropriately, and can move the ball into and away from both left and right-handers.”
“But England are not after a bowler who bowls just one excellent opening spell. They want someone who is able to repeat it again and again. And that is what they have challenged him to do after he suffered a back spasm in this final Ashes Test,” Gillespie wrote in his column for Daily Mail.
“It’s a step up to Test cricket from county” – Jason Gillespie on what Robinson needs to understand
Having come up playing county cricket, it is quite imperative to understand that playing at the international level takes a lot more toll on the body. Without hitting high fitness levels, it is hard for a cricketer – especially a bowler – to survive.
“But there was no doubting when England’s bowling coach Jon Lewis addressed the media on Friday that he was providing a thinly-veiled dig in his direction. He gave him what I like to call a proper clip.”
“There was a bit of frustration in both Jon’s body language and voice, and it was clear that it has been made plain to Ollie a number of times that he needs to do the work and acknowledge and understand that it is a step up to Test cricket from county cricket,” Gillespie mentioned.
Although his short career so far has seen plenty of sparks, Robinson needs to improve his fitness to ensure he can have a longer career.