Ollie Robinson returns to England squad for first two Tests against India after serving ban for offensive tweets

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Ollie Robinson has returned to England’s Test squad immediately after serving his suspension for offensive social media activity, while Chris Woakes will miss the first two Tests against India due to a bruised heel.

There are also returns for Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Sam Curran after injury and IPL duty. Woakes joins Jofra Archer on the sidelines, but England hope to have both back later in the five-match series.

On the first day of Robinson’s Test debut last month, racist and sexist tweets from a decade ago surfaced. He was suspended for the Second Test against New Zealand, which England lost. The Sussex all-rounder (above) has been recalled at the first opportunity.

Zak Crawley retains his place, while Ollie Pope is also named.

There is no place for Dawid Malan, who was widely tipped for a call-up for the first time since being dropped in 2018.

Haseeb Hameed, who is currently playing for a County XI against India at Durham, retains his place as the spare opener, while Jack Leach is the lead spinner, supported by Dom Bess.

Bairstow played the last Test match he was available for, against India in Ahmedabad in March, but recorded a pair in a run of three ducks in four innings. That followed an encouraging return to Test cricket in Sri Lanka in January, after which he was sent home to rest. With Ben Foakes absent injured and James Bracey dropped, Bairstow would appear to be Buttler’s understudy as wicketkeeper-batsman.

The squad are available for the first two games for their Hundred teams before joining up ahead of the Test series, which begins at Trent Bridge on August 4.

England squad in full: J Root (capt) J Anderson,J Bairstow, D Bess, S Broad, R Burns, J Buttler (wkt), Z Crawley, S Curran, H Hameed, D Lawrence, J Leach, O Pope, O Robinson, D Sibley, B Stokes, M Wood.

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