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Robinson takes short break from cricket

England and Sussex cricketer Ollie Robinson has taken a short break from all forms of cricket following social media furore.

Robinson, who made his Test debut at Lord’s last week, was suspended from international cricket by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after historical tweets from the pace bowler emerged on the first day of the Test match.

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The 27-year-old is however eligible to play for his county – Sussex, but he has made himself unavailable for the first two T20 Blast matches.

“After a difficult week, Ollie has decided to take a short break from the game to spend time with his young family,” a Sussex Cricket statement read.

“Player and staff welfare – including mental health and wellbeing – is a priority for the club and, as such, Sussex Cricket fully supports Ollie in his decision.

“When he is ready to return, Ollie will be welcomed back to the club, where discussions with the remainder of the squad over the last week have made clear that he retains the support of all his Sussex teammates. We remain in close contact with Ollie from a welfare perspective and will issue further updates on his availability at the relevant times.”

Sussex have condemned Robinson’s discriminatory tweets which were made in 2012 and 2013, stating them as “completely unacceptable”. The statement continued further, saying everyone has more to learn.

“Ollie is a very different man from the one that wrote those tweets and has clearly learned much in the intervening years. He has made clear the shame, embarrassment, and remorse he feels for the discriminatory comments he made,” the statement continued.

“As a result of his actions, Ollie has had the opportunity to represent his country suspended, is at the centre of intense public and media scrutiny and faces the possibility of further disciplinary action from the ECB. Sussex Cricket will not be adding to these significant penalties. The club will turn its attention to supporting Ollie in his commitment to continue to educate himself in the area of equality, diversity and inclusion.

“Ollie has more to learn in this area. We all do. We all have a responsibility to improve and to make cricket a game for everybody.”

A few more England players have come under the scanner for discriminatory tweets which ECB is looking into.

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