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BUMBLE ON THE TEST: Ollie Robinson is a brilliant find and reminds me of Australian quicks

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BUMBLE ON THE TEST: Ollie Robinson is a brilliant find and reminds me of Australian quicks… but India’s refusal to choose Ravichandran Ashwin is puzzling

  • Dinesh Karthik has left after being a pleasure to work with on Sky
  • It’s unbelievable that Ravichandran Ashwin wasn’t picked for the test
  • Chris Woakes has a great record at home and is tested in the second innings











It’s time for Sky’s rest and rotation policy to come into effect at this late stage of the summer, so I’m on strength and conditioning this week.

Turns out I’ve landed in the red zone, dear reader, which makes me apparently injury prone. Some might say I’ve been in the red zone for years….

Ollie Robinson is one of summer’s finds and reminds me of Australian quicks

My buddy Dinesh Karthik is now also free and what a pleasure it has been to work with him this year.

He told me he was on his way to the IPL, so I asked if he was a coach or mentor. He thinks he’s playing! I thought he retired years ago…

My free time has become a battle with a tractor and the tractor is winning. I cleared some land on my new path, but I ran into trouble attaching my front loader. Somehow I’ve lost all my hydraulic fluid and it’s not cheap….

It’s unbelievable that Ravichandran Ashwin isn’t in this game. He has a fantastic record and historically the ball is spinning at the Oval and Old Trafford. But Virat Kohli holds on to his weapons. For me, Ravindra Jadeja can do a test level job, but Ashwin can throw you out…

Ravichandran Ashwin could win a test for India so his non-selection is a surprise

Ravichandran Ashwin could win a test for India so his non-selection is a surprise

Ollie Robinson is a real find for England. That’s 26 wickets for him and it’s only his fifth Test. He certainly looks like an international bowler and reminds me so much of any number of Australian quicks. A big, sturdy, strong boy and the next stage of his development will be fitter and stronger to keep up his pace.

The Oval has traditionally hosted the last test of the summer, but they’ve changed it this season. They obviously want to make the most of the Manchester weather by holding the latter at Old Trafford next week. September is usually a beautiful month here. Next week it could even be 12 degrees….

England think a lot about Chris Woakes and he has an excellent home record. He made a great start on his return to the side with four wickets, but his match fitness will be tested as he bowls more in the second innings. I like that he played in a second team game for Warwickshire to prepare for the Oval. A fast bowler needs miles in his legs…

Woakes gets tested in the second inning, but again proved his quality in the first

Woakes gets tested in the second inning, but again proved his quality in the first

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