Robinson focused on Sussex success

27 April 2021 19:40:08 GMTPlus10

Ollie Robinson says he is not thinking too much about an England call-up despite his excellent start to the County Championship season.

The Sussex seamer is the leading wicket-taker in the country having claimed 20 scalps in his first three matches, including career-best figures of 9-78 against Glamorgan in Cardiff.

The 27-year-old ended up with 13 wickets in the match, helping Sussex to an eight-wicket victory in the Welsh capital, and he added five more to his tally in a draw with Yorkshire last time out.

Obviously, if England comes off the back of it, then I'll be chuffed.

Ollie Robinson

In-form opener Adam Lyth was among his victims at Hove, along with England all-rounders Dom Bess and David Willey, in a game in which Test captain Joe Root was dismissed for five in both innings.

Robinson will hope that Root was impressed by his performance, although he insists he is solely focused on winning games for Sussex, who host Lancashire this week.

England's two-Test series against New Zealand starts at Lord's on 2nd June while players will also be eyeing up places in the tour party for this winter's Ashes in Australia.

Writing in his column in the Chichester Observer, Robinson said: "I've not had a huge amount of chat with England. There's fitness testing two weeks before the New Zealand series where they'll get the results from everyone around the country and then they'll pick a squad.

"But I'm just trying to take wickets for Sussex. I just enjoy being with the lads and trying to get the wins at the moment. Obviously, if England comes off the back of it, then I'll be chuffed."

Sussex are 1212/1 to win the County Championship and England are 11/4 to beat 8/15 hosts Australia in the 2021/22 Ashes series.

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