After left ankle scans showed no injuries, Ollie Robinson can play in England’s one-off encounter against Ireland next week.
The 29-year-old is considered crucial to England’s prospects of regaining the Ashes this summer, and the sight of him on crutches and wearing a moon boot during the weekend’s Division Two match between Sussex and Glamorgan set off alarm bells.
Curiously, despite reporting some discomfort in the joint while walking but not when sprinting, a Monday evening scan was negative. It is believed that the discomfort is due to tendonitis, and he will be monitored while in camp. Robinson wrote on Instagram on Tuesday morning, before England confirmed the news, “Good start to the season with @sussexccc, now onto the international summer.”
Robinson’s participation in the four-day Test against Ireland, which begins on 1 June at Lord’s, is regarded as improbable.
Jimmy Anderson is doubtful owing to a groyne strain, although Matthew Potts, Stuart Broad, and Chris Woakes are all available. Mark Wood has returned from the Indian Premier League and is anticipating the birth of his second child.
Robinson has struggled early in the season, despite his ball-handling skills. The right-handed bowler endured cramps and a lower back injection during his team’s two-week tour of Worcestershire.
He took 14 wickets in this match and 20 in three county matches at 13.65. Against Glamorgan, he also removed Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne lbw with the first delivery he bowled to him. A positive sign for England before the 16 June start of the five-Test Ashes series at Edgbaston.
England has already lost Jofra Archer for the entire summer due to a recurrence of his elbow stress fracture, and Olly Stone is battling to make a late appearance in the series after a hamstring injury ruled him out of the opening Test.