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England receive Ashes boost ahead of Manchester Test

England’s Ashes hopes have been boosted by news that stout pacer Olly Robinson is a fit for the all-important fourth Test at Manchester.

Robinson suffered a back spasm on the first day of the Third Test at Leeds and failed to bowl in Australia’s bottom of the second as England narrowly won by three wickets and survived the Ashes battle. bottom.

However, the 29-year-old has resolved his ongoing injury problems and declared he is 100 per cent fit and ready to face Australia at Old Trafford from 19 July.

“The medical team said it probably happened,” Robinson wrote in a column for

“Those things happen sometimes, but they disappear just as quickly.” I’m 100 percent fit for Manchester.”

Fellow seamer Stuart Broad (16 wickets) is the only England player with more scalps than Robinson (10) this Ashes series and it now appears Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes have a selection dilemma on their hands as they try and squeeze all their quality quicks into the final XI for Manchester.

Mark Wood and Chris Woakes both impressed in Headingley as England reduced the series deficit to 2-1, while Broad is now seemingly the first-choice seamer given his recent dominance over Australia opener David Warner.

Veteran quick James Anderson and inexperienced seamer Josh Tongue have also been used by England at times this series and the duo have once again been named in a 14-player squad for the pivotal fourth Test of an already epic series.

Robinson said it was an honour to be involved in the first three matches of the series and he is hoping he can continue to make an impact as the series progresses.

“I’ve got mates who have never really enjoyed cricket messaging me saying how good it is,” Robinson wrote.

“It’s great to be a part of it. Honestly, it makes me proud to be British, to see the impact they have on people and how much they love what we do.” After all, that’s what we are for.” Play the game. to glory.

England squad for the Fourth Test: Ben Stokes (c), Morne Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Harry Brooke, Zach Crowley, Ben Duckett, Dan Lawrence, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Josh Tang, Chris Walkes, Mark Wood



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