Ollie Robinson named player of the match after “very special” five-fer vs India

Ollie Robinson took 5-65 in India’s second innings at Headingley, helping England level the ongoing Test series

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Ollie Robinson was named player of the match as England beat India by an innings and 76 runs in the third Test at Headingley, having taken a remarkable five-wicket haul on day four which sparked a dramatic collapse.

Robinson, playing in only his fourth Test, has had a remarkable start to international cricket, picking up 23 wickets at an average of just 17.65.

At Headingley, Robinson picked up his second Test five-fer, removing Rohit Sharma on day three and then ripping through India’s lower order with the second new ball on day four, dismissing Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant and Ishant Sharma.

Speaking at the post-match presentation, Robinson said: “This is very special. It’s something you dream about as a kid.

Ollie Robinson took 5-65 in India’s second innings at Headingley, helping England level the ongoing Test series


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“To get it at Headingley, where I started my professional career, is very special. We knew that I enjoyed bowling here.

“I was excited to play for England here and use the conditions and facilities they have. It’s special for me to get five-for and a win.

“To bowl with Jimmy is an absolute honour. To learn from him every day since I’ve been in the England team has proven my game no end. Hopefully I will keep learning from him and improving.”

Speaking on Sky Sports, former England captain Nasser Hussain lauded Robinson and England’s bowling attack, saying: “That was an outstanding bowling performance – twice in the game.

“India were 78 all out in the first innings and then lost 8-63 today. Robinson since he has come into the side just looks ready for Test cricket.

“Shane Warne has compared him to Josh Hazlewood, of Australia, and that is a compliment as he is a serious bowler. He is at you all the time and will be a big asset down under.”

Robinson earned plaudits from the likes of Nasser Hussain and Shane Warne


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Warne then added: “England were just relentless. If they did overpitch or bowl a bit wide, they were back on it next ball and hunted in packs.

“Anderson and Robinson were as good as it gets – the ball was talking and they were challenging techniques. I don’t think it was bad batting.

“Sometimes we are too quick to criticise a batting side when they fall over and in this case I think we have to say well done to England. “

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