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Robinson will end nightmare injury run after recall to England Test squad

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The fast bowler from England is earning a place in the squad again but will have to prove his fitness to the selectors

After a nightmarish injury streak, the 28-year-old seam-bowler made a successful return to cricket last week, conceding nine wickets in Sussex’s County Championship match against Nottinghamshire.

Ollie Robinson could be in line for his first Test appearance since January after being called up in England’s 14-man squad for the first two games of the upcoming series against South Africa.

Now he has a chance to stake his claim on the first Test, which starts at Lord’s on August 17, when he plays for the England Lions against South Africa in a warm-up game in Canterbury next week.

Since making his debut against New Zealand last summer, Robinson has had an excellent start to his Test career, taking 39 wickets at 9.28pm.

However, he has not played for his country since retiring with a back spasm at the last Ashes test in Hobart last winter.

Problems surfaced again at the start of England’s tour of the Caribbean in March and ruled him out of that three-game streak.

They then resurfaced earlier this summer — along with a serious dental issue that also kept him on the sidelines.

However, Robinson’s potential return for the three Test series against South Africa is a boost for England, who have ruled out up to eight seam bowlers at various points this summer and are still missing key men in Mark Wood, Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes.

There were no further surprises in the England squad in the first two Tests at Lord’s and Old Trafford. The group, which had won four straight games earlier this summer, are expected to continue that form under captain Ben Stokes and manager Brendon McCullum.

Mo Bobat, England’s performance director, said: “Selection has chosen a squad with continuity in mind. It’s good to bring Ollie Robinson back into the game after his recent injury. He will continue his progress by playing for the Lions against South Africa in a four-day game in Canterbury next week.”

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