Ollie Robinson calls on England to capitalise on his Virat Kohli scalp


Ollie Robinson calls on England to capitalise on his Virat Kohli scalp as hosts look to fight back in the second Test at Lord’s

  • Ollie Robinson has called on his England team-mates to fight back against India
  • The bowler picked up the crucial wicket of Virat Kohli at the end of day one
  • England are hoping to fight back on the second morning of the Lord’s Test
  • Robinson is stepping up with Stuart Broad sidelined with an injury 











Ollie Robinson has urged England to capitalise on his late dismissal of Virat Kohli and fight back on the second morning of the second Test at Lord’s.

Robinson had India’s captain caught by Joe Root at first slip for 42, shortly before the tourists closed on 276 for three, thanks to a superb unbeaten 127 from KL Rahul.

Robinson said: ‘The plan for Kohli is to bowl a fourth or fifth-stump line, back of a length, and luckily it worked. They played well but to get that wicket at the end was huge and gives us momentum for the morning.

Ollie Robinson has called on England to capitalise on his dismissal of Virat Kohli on Day One

Virat is probably my biggest wicket to date, so I was happy with that.

‘It was one of those days where they didn’t nick it. There must have been 10 to 15 plays or misses, and we could have had them two or three down early. But if we get a couple of wickets in the morning we’re right in the game. They have quite a long tail and we’d still be in the game.’

In his third Test, and with Stuart Broad injured, Robinson opened the bowling for the first time and said he was undaunted by a long spell in the field. ‘In county cricket, you get two or three good batters,’ he said. 

The tourists closed on 276-3 in a chastening opening day at Lord's for the second Test

The tourists closed on 276-3 in a chastening opening day at Lord’s for the second Test

Robinson will hope to lead the fight back for England on day two of the second Test

Robinson will hope to lead the fight back for England on day two of the second Test

‘Here, it’s six or seven, but that’s international cricket. I’ve shown I’m ready for the toil when it comes. But credit to the Indians — they played well.’

Reflecting on the decision by captain Root to bowl after winning the toss, Robinson added: ‘Everybody saw how green the pitch was this morning and everybody here thought “win the toss and bowl”.’

Fellow paceman Jimmy Anderson, who passed a fitness test on a thigh problem, took the only other two wickets to fall.