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England bowler Ollie Robinson told to get fitter by coach Jon Lewis after injury in fifth Ashes Test

‘It’s something he MUST improve on’: Ollie Robinson is tasked with getting fitter by England bowling coach Jon Lewis after being forced to bowl ‘fantastic’ with a cramp in his back in the fifth Ashes Test against Australia

  • Ollie Robinson took two wickets on the first day of the final Ashes Test in Hobart
  • The 28-year-old then developed a back spasm and was forced to stop after lunch
  • English bowling coach Jon Lewis has called on Robinson to work on his fitness
  • England already miss James Anderson, 39, who has a hamstring problem











Ollie Robinson has been told he needs to improve his fitness if he is to have a long Test future.

Robinson was fantastic with the new pink ball on the first day of the final Ashes Test by taking two wickets as Australia crashed to 12 for three and then to 83 for four.

But then he suffered a back spasm and was forced out of the attack as Australia recovered to 241 for six before the rain brought a premature end thanks to a magnificent 100 from Travis Head.

England bowling coach Jon Lewis has said Ollie Robinson needs to get in shape

England bowling coach Jon Lewis has said Ollie Robinson needs to get in shape

England bowling coach Jon Lewis suggested Robinson’s troubles point to an ongoing struggle to maintain the fitness necessary for lasting success at the highest level.

“It’s something he needs to improve on,” Lewis said after the first day of Ashes cricket in Hobart.

Ollie needs to understand what it takes to play international cricket all year round. There is a higher intensity in Test cricket. It’s definitely something he needs to work on.

The 28-year-old Robinson bowled 'fantastic' for a back cramp and took two wickets

The 28-year-old Robinson bowled ‘fantastic’ for a back cramp and took two wickets

“He must be a fitter bowler. One hundred percent and it’s conversations we’ve had with him. Now it’s up to him to do the work. He’s doing well so far.’

Robinson was forced off the field after the first break and Lewis said: ‘He just had a little back cramp and we’ll have to see how he picks up tomorrow.

“He went back out on the field, so he’s available to bowl if he gets well. I thought he bowled fantastic this morning.’

James Anderson is currently absent with a hamstring injury, limiting England's attack

James Anderson is currently absent with a hamstring injury, limiting England’s attack

The former Gloucestershire and England bowler criticized what became a three-man attack in Robinson’s absence, with James Anderson missing with a hamstring injury.

“Australia’s counter was fantastic, but especially in the middle session we were a little slow to adapt to what was happening,” Lewis added.

“There was a lot of talk about the need in Adelaide to bowl fuller, but this time we had to pull back and it took us too long to do that.”

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