England cricket’s hero debutant Ollie Robinson’s historic racist and sexist tweets emerge during his first Test at Lord’s, mocking Asians and Muslims in a series of messages from when he was 18
- Ollie Robinson made his England Test debut against New Zealand on Wednesday
- Bowler impressed and took wickets but controversy swirled off the pitch
- Historic racist and sexist tweets from his account have been circulating
- One read: ‘Not going to lie, a lot of girls need to learn the art of class’
A number of racist and sexist historic messages resurfaced from the Twitter account of England cricket’s debutant, Ollie Robinson, while he was starring at Lord’s.
The bowler, who made a flying start to life in England’s Test team against New Zealand on Wednesday, is now under scrutiny for Tweets shared back in 2012 when he was 18.
One read: ‘My new muslim friend is the bomb #wheeyyyyy’. Another went: ‘Not going to lie a lot of girls need to learn the art of class.’
Ollie Robinson is in hot water after a number of racist and sexist tweets were unearthed
He also wrote: ‘Females who play video games actually tend to have more sex & be happier with their relationships, than the girls who don’t.’
The tweets put both Robinson and the ECB in an uncomfortable position, particularly as the players sent an anti-discrimination message prior to the start of play at Lord’s.
They wore black t-shirts designed to show their collective stance against discrimination in what was labelled a ‘Moment of Unity’.
On the pitch, the 27-year-old impressed with the first wicket of the summer, bowling Tom Latham, before removing Ross Taylor lbw.
But controversy swirled around him online with a number of fans discussing his tweets from 2012. The ECB have been approached for comment.
The England bowler was making a successful start to his Test career against New Zealand
When he was 18, Robinson was sacked by Yorkshire and at the time, coach Jason Gillespie said: ‘When a player consistently displays behaviour that isn’t professional, there has to be a point in time when you say, “Look, this isn’t really working, you’re obviously not bothered about playing for the club”.’
In an interview with Sportsmail last week, the new England debutant said: ‘We do expect a lot of our young sportsmen in this country. With cricket and with professional sport, you do miss a lot. You do make a lot of sacrifices that people probably either don’t realise or give much thought to.
‘At that time at Yorkshire, I was young and a bit naive. I was lucky that I got another chance and got to where I am now, but it can be tough for a lot of youngsters. Especially in the era of social media, you can’t put a foot wrong, really.’
Robinson took the wicket of Ross Taylor (lbw) to keep up his momentum at Lord’s
Back in 2015, Craig Overton, who is in the squad for this New Zealand series, allegedly told former Sussex batsman Ashar Zaidi to “go back to your own f*****g country” during a county match.
Umpire Alex Wharf and the batsman at the non-striker’s end, Michael Yardy, both said they heard the comment.
He was charged by the ECB for abusive language ‘that vilifies another on the basis of race or national origin’ and banned for two matches after an accumulation of disciplinary offences. Overton denied making the remark.