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Cricket World Player of the Week - Ollie Robinson

Cricket World Player of the Week - Ollie Robinson
Cricket World Player of the Week - Ollie Robinson
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In a match that saw batters piling up tons left, right and centre, Ollie Robinson stood out for his brilliant bowling in the last innings of the Pakistan vs England, 1st Test to guide the visitors to a famous win in the fading light of Rawalpindi.

Had any team other than this Ben Stokes' led England been part of the Rawalpindi Test, the match would have certainly ended in a banal draw. It was England's risk-taking ability and the stomach to put favourable odds in grave danger that transformed a drab Test into a thrilling one.

The way the pitch behaved on the first day, had England not gone at over sixes, they wouldn't have been able to buy themselves the time to effect a win on the last day of the match.

A score of 657 in the first innings, some more selfless batting in the second innings and a bold declaration at Tea on day 4 ensured that both teams were still in with a chance on the final day.

Dangling the carrot of an approachable target certainly helped but the way Ollie Robinson employed reverse swing to prize out four crucial wickets in the last innings took England to a famous win in the fading light of Rawalpindi.

In the absence of Stuart Broad, Robinson has formed a lethal combination with Jimmy Anderson and looks set to take England's red ball bowling forward with the likes of Potts and the Overton brothers.

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