Lower than per week in the past, Kent wicketkeeper Ollie Robinson issued a clarification on social media after being mistaken for his namesake, the Sussex and England bowler who has been suspended from worldwide cricket pending the end result of an investigation into historic offensive tweets.
Three days later, he was making headlines of his personal by scoring a cultured century in Kent’s County Championship conflict with Northamptonshire at Canterbury.
Having to take care of this significantly unlucky case of mistaken identification appears lower than ideally suited preparation forward of a County Championship match, however Kent’s Robinson refused to let the scenario have an effect on him.
‘I’d wish to assume I’ve sort of made my very own headlines this week,’ Robinson informed Metro.co.uk. ‘It clearly wasn’t ideally suited getting dragged into one thing I wasn’t a part of.’
It was solely ever going to be a matter of time earlier than Robinson made his third first-class century. The 22-year-old has appeared in good nick all summer season, scoring 84 in Kent’s opening fixture, 85 towards Sussex final month and a handful of 40-odds.
It’s not simply this season wherein he has impressed, both. Robinson has established himself as a key participant for Kent for the reason that 2019 summer season, when he scored two tons and three fifties. His tally of 765 runs was bettered by solely 11 gamers in Division One.
He doubts he has ever batted higher than he did towards Northants, nonetheless, together w ith his 120 coming off simply 119 balls and together with 19 boundaries.
Robinson stated: ‘It was good to place in a efficiency of substance. I hadn’t made that huge rating but this summer season so it was nice to lastly get one.
‘That was most likely my most fluent hundred. It’s up there with the most effective I’ve ever batted I feel. I really feel like I’ve been batting properly all yr and timing it properly.’
Given his type, did it really feel as if a century was simply across the nook?
‘Yeah, it did. It may well begin to get slightly irritating whenever you get your self in good positions, do all of the onerous work after which give it up a bit. So it was good to really go on and get to 3 figures.
‘These innings positively stand out. You may get fairly forties and fifties however no-one actually notices them and typically they don’t make an enormous distinction. However should you get 120, individuals begin to discover so it was nice to have the ability to try this this week.’
Robinson, who has opened for Kent of their final two matches (one thing he did repeatedly rising up), is comfortably the county’s main run-scorer this summer season.
Whereas that highlights his consistency, it additionally speaks to Kent’s struggles this season. It has been a irritating begin to the summer season for Matt Walker’s aspect, who’re one among solely two groups within the nation but to win a match within the County Championship, with 5 attracts and three defeats from eight video games. However actually, the desk solely tells half the story.
‘We sort of had a chat about that within the altering room yesterday,’ Robinson added. ‘We all know we began slowly and didn’t get off to an ideal begin.
‘However within the final three or 4 weeks, we’ve put ourselves in positions to win video games solely to be crushed by the climate. We’ve probably not had the rub of the inexperienced, however clearly in some video games we haven’t been ok.’
Somebody who has been ok, is Darren Stevens. The 45-year-old has taken 26 wickets at slightly beneath 20, whereas his beautiful 190 towards Glamorgan was hailed as one of many nice County Championship knocks.
So are Stevens’ teammates at Canterbury even shocked by his continued excellence?
‘He does it so typically that I feel we’ve all stopped being shocked now,’ Robinson stated with a smile. ‘It’s probably not a shock anymore, it’s simply Stevo doing Stevo issues.
‘He’s a special breed although. Who is aware of, he might even nonetheless be enjoying at 50. That innings (his 190 from 149 balls towards Glamorgan) was unbelievable to observe. He was so sensible with the way in which he went about it as properly. He’s an unbelievable striker of a cricket ball.’
Stevens is one among a variety of gamers at Kent who Robinson is eager to study from. He lately pulled the veteran to at least one aspect and requested: ‘Should you had been bowling to me, how would you attempt to get me out?’ He believes getting contained in the thoughts of bowlers will assist him enhance.
Having the ability to see how Kent teammate and England batsman Zak Crawley goes about his enterprise also needs to assist.
Crawley was starting to search out some spectacular type for Kent earlier than re-joining England’s Take a look at squad and, whereas he failed twice within the draw with New Zealand at Lord’s, Robinson expects him to come back good this summer season.
‘His expertise isn’t one thing you’ll be able to query – he’s such a proficient participant,’ Robinson stated. ‘Zak works so onerous on his recreation as properly, he most likely hits extra balls than anybody within the crew.
‘He at all times needs to enhance which is an actual credit score to him given the place he’s already in. He was batting fantastically for us earlier than going away with England. I don’t assume anybody can query Zak’s expertise or skill.’
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