England’s Assistant Coach Graham Thorpe praised Ollie Robinson for showing the genuine side of his character after he apologized for the ‘racist & sexist’ tweets which he posted over eight years ago.
Ollie Robinson who displayed an out-worldly performance, by scalping two wickets on the first day of the ongoing Test against New Zealand, admitted that he was “ashamed” of making such racist remarks as his tweets from the year 2012-2013 resurfaced on Social Media.
“It was a tough day for him yesterday. He had to say sorry to the dressing rooms & he had to say sorry to the world about what he did. So, from that perspective, it is very hard for him. But he knows he made mistakes & that is why he had to make those apologies”, ESPNcricinfo quoted Thorpe as saying.
Graham Thorpe did not excuse the questionable comments made by Robinson. He added, “But in our dressing room, we had to support him as well. And we were really pleased, actually, that he showed good character”.
“He had to be pretty resilient because of what he has done. It is not easy to go back out onto the stage & perform & I thought his level of performance was exceptional in the first innings”. Despite all the debacles outside, Ollie Robinson made a stupendous come back on the second day for England by scalping two wickets at the best economy rate. So Robinson’s wickets tally comes to four, which is the highest by any bowler in the ongoing match.
Adding to the discussion, Graham Thorpe said that in the future the ECB should put more effort into assessing a player’s social media history before making crucial selections. “Potentially yes, he said. That is something that might need to be looked at so days like yesterday do not happen”, Graham signed off.
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