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Ollie Robinson replaces Ben Stokes in England's 14-man squad for second Test
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Ollie Robinson replaces Ben Stokes in England's 14-man squad for second Test

Uncapped Sussex paceman Ollie Robinson has been drafted into England's squad as a replacement for the absent Ben Stokes for the second Test against Pakistan.

The 26-year-old seamer picked eight wickets during his last first-class appearance in the Bob Willis Trophy earlier this month.

He has been training with the national side as part of the extended line-up named for the West Indies Tests before the commencement of the Pakistan series.

Robinson's inclusion in the final playing XI on Thursday depends on whether the selectors aim to shore up their pace bowling department with back-to-back Tests expected to create fatigue among the bowlers.

Robinson is considered to be one of the top pacers in the country as he boasts an exceptional tally of 244 wickets from 57 four-day games at an average of just 21.86.

He was the standout bowler for the England Lions' contingent when they toured Australia over the winter, helping his team defeat Australia A in the one-off unofficial Test.

Robinson will have to compete with Sam Curran and Mark Wood to earn a spot in the team for the Southampton clash if the England management decides to rest any of their four seamers who featured in the Old Trafford win.

Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes, both of whom have had impactful performances during this congested summer of Test cricket, have played three games on the trot.

On the other hand, a rare off-colour outing for James Anderson and Jofra Archer's inability to make frequent breakthroughs of late gives birth to questions over the duo's place in the side.

Robinson had also participated in England's intra-squad match last month where he registered two wickets in the game between Team Stokes and Team Buttler.

England were preparing to go back to Stokes being the team's fourth pacer in the next match as the star all-rounder had played as a specialist batsman in the previous two encounters. However, the 29-year-old was forced to pull out of the remaining matches to return to New Zealand for family reasons.

He had scores of 0 and 7 in two innings against Pakistan in the Manchester Test but took two wickets during a brief spell on the third day.

England squad

Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Dom Sibley, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood