Birmingham, June 19 England pacer Ollie Robinson has mentioned that he ‘doesn’t care’ about how his celebration for the wicket of opener Usman Khawaja was perceived within the Australia dressing room, including that he’s “right here to supply… that theatre of the sport” through the ongoing Ashes 2023.
Robinson eliminated Khawaja for 141 on the third day of the primary Check, knocking again his off stump as he got here down the pitch trying to power the ball by the off facet. The pacer appeared to swear in direction of Khawaja throughout his celebrations.
“It’s my first residence Ashes and to get the large wicket on the time was particular for me. I believe Uzzie performed unbelievably properly. To get that wicket for us as a crew on the time was huge. All of us need that theatre of the sport, don’t we? So I’m right here to supply it,” Robinson mentioned.
Requested whether or not abusing an opponent may actually be thought of a part of the theatre of the sport, Robinson advised that it was merely a part of “the fervour of the Ashes”, citing Australian gamers traditionally doing the identical in direction of England groups.
“No, it’s not.However I believe if you’re within the warmth of the second and you’ve got the fervour of the Ashes, that may occur. We’ve all seen Ricky Ponting, different Aussies do the identical to us. Simply because the shoe is on the opposite foot, it’s not acquired properly,” the England pacer mentioned.
The 29-year outdated was additional requested if the outburst in direction of Khawaja might need been acquired by the Australian dressing-room and the pacer mentioned he doesn’t care.
“I don’t actually care the way it’s perceived, to be trustworthy. It’s the Ashes. It’s skilled sport. For those who can’t deal with that, what are you able to deal with?,” Robinson mentioned.
In the meantime, Australia’s wicketkeeper Alex Carey mentioned that he had solely heard about Robinson’s send-off when he was briefed by the crew’s media supervisor whereas strolling to the press convention room.
“I didn’t see it in any respect.Usman hasn’t mentioned something. It’s an Ashes – at occasions it’s going to be fairly thrilling and hostile cricket, however I really was sitting there upset at getting out and didn’t see something excessive there. From our dressing-room, there was no remark,” Carey mentioned.
Robinson completed with figures of three for 55 as Australia have been bowled out for 386, trailing England by seven runs within the first innings.
The guests scored at 3.32 runs per over of their first innings, in comparison with England’s 5.03 runs per over on the primary day of the Check match, and Robinson advised that England’s aggressive fashion of cricket underneath Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum had thrown Australia off their characteristically attacking fashion.
“We’ve made them play in the best way that they’ve. The aggressive nature of the best way that we’ve gone about it – batting and bowling – has made them play extra defensively. It’s not usually one thing that you just see from an Australian facet however the best way that we’re enjoying underneath Ben and Baz is inflicting that to occur,” he mentioned.
Robinson added that England would ideally want a day to bowl Australia out: “90 overs, if that they had a rating to chase, would enable us to bowl them out. In the event that they have been enjoying for the draw and enjoying defensively like they’ve executed up to now on this recreation, it is likely to be barely totally different.
“We’ll have to attend and see. The pitch is deteriorating a bit bit. After we’re contemporary once more with a more durable ball, we are able to make inroads early, so I’ve little doubt that we are able to take 10 wickets early and wrap issues up.”
England closed a closely rain-affected Day 3 on 28-2, with a lead of 35 and Joe Root, Ollie Pope unbeaten on the crease.
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