Seam bowler Ollie Robinson was recalled by England on Tuesday for the first two cricket tests against South Africa this month.

Seamer Ollie Robinson was ruled out of England’s first test match against West Indies because of a back problem, with uncapped seamer Saqib Mahmood stepping into the squad.

Robinson pulled up midway through an over during the warmup match against a Cricket West Indies President’s XI and was unable to take part in practice on Sunday.

England was already unlikely to gamble on the 28-year-old Robinson’s fitness for the match, which starts Tuesday, but the latest injury settled the issue and allowed Mahmood to take his spot in a 12-man squad for the three-test series.

England interim head coach Paul Collingwood and captain Joe Root must now decide whether to hand the Lancashire quick a debut in an all-seam attack or stick with the variety of Jack Leach’s left-arm spin.

The starting lineup will be confirmed at the toss.


England squad: Joe Root (captain), Jonny Bairstow, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Alex Lees, Saqib Mahmood, Craig Overton, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

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