London: England’s veteran fast bowler James Anderson has backed Ollie Robinson, he said that the team has unanimously accepted the apology of the fast bowler and has the full support of the team.
Robinson, who took seven wickets in his Test debut against New Zealand last week, has been suspended by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for his objectionable tweets from 2012-13. Robinson, however, has publicly apologized unconditionally for those tweets.
Speaking to UK media, Anderson supported Robinson. Asked whether the team has accepted Robinson’s apology or whether some players are still uneasy about it, Anderson said, “No, I think it has been accepted.” He said, ‘He apologized in front of everyone and you can see how disappointed he was and as a group we appreciate that he is a changed person now. Since then he has matured a lot and has the full support of the team.
British politicians have also backed Robinson on the issue, asking the ECB to reconsider the decision to suspend the fast bowler because he made a mistake years ago as a teenager. The tweets surfaced last Wednesday, the first day of Robinson’s Test debut at Lord’s.
When asked about the impact of the player’s suspension on the team, he said, “I think these are difficult times. I think as a team we are trying to learn from it. If Anderson plays in the second Test against New Zealand, he will overtake former captain Alastair Cook to become the most Test player for England.
Robinson had said earlier in the statement that I want to make it clear that I’m not racist and I’m not sexist. I deeply regret my actions, and I am ashamed of making such remarks. I was thoughtless and irresponsible, and regardless of my state of mind at the time, my actions were inexcusable. Since that period, I have matured as a person and fully regret the tweets.