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Robinson, Woakes eye return to England side after long injury lay-offs

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London, June 28 (Ajit Weekly News) England pace bowler Ollie Robinson could be in contention for a place in the Test squad for the three-match series against South Africa from mid-August after the 28-year-old missed the three-Test series against the West Indies due to back spasms.

Robinson last featured in an international fixture in the Ashes, following which he missed the Caribbean tour. In a season marred by injury, an emergency dental surgery and Covid-19, Robinson’s return to competitive cricket was restricted to just two County Championship appearances before he suffered another breakdown.

A report in Daily Mail said that his back scans have “proved inconclusive” and Robinson is “targeting the Division Two fixture against Middlesex on July 19 as a competitive comeback”.

The report added that all-rounder Chris Woakes is also eyeing a return to the side, targeting the limited-overs fixtures in July. Woakes was sidelined from the series against New Zealand because of bone bruising in his knee during the three-Test away fixture in the West Indies.

The 33-year-old has a superb Test record in English conditions, and has claimed 94 wickets in 25 appearances at 22.63 runs apiece. He will be playing for Warwickshire’s second XI this week.

–Ajit Weekly News

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