Australian cricket team came into the final day of the 1st test at Edgbaston still needing 174 runs with 7 wickets in hand. The English had set the current Ashes holders 281 to win in the 4th innings of the game. Stuart Broad had got the two big wickets of Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith late on day 4. David Warner who was looking solid was dismissed when he was caught behind by Bairstow off Ollie Robinson.
The story so far –
Ollie Robinson has been phenomenal with the ball for England ever since his debut. In the first innings the right arm pacer had got the big wicket of Khawaja for 141. Robinson came into limelight for his celebration post the fall of the Australian opener. The Englishman had given the left handed batter a send off after getting rid of him with a perfect yorker.
Robinson and Khawaja’s war of words –
With the match evenly poised, the two teams went for a much deserved drinks break. That’s when the cameras spotted Khawaja having a word with Robinson, possibly about the abuse he had been dished out in the 1st innings. Two players could be seen having a chat as Robinson was seen making a point. Before the things could get ugly, senior statesman James Anderson came into pull his fast bowling colleague away.
Robinson’s expletive filled send off hogs headlines –
Usman Khawaja was the man standing between England and a huge 1st innings lead. Ben Stokes had set up a unique field to negate the run scoring. That’s when Khawaja came down the track and was bowled off a Yorker for 141. Robinson was charged up as he was heard saying “F*** OFF You F*****G P***K”
Australia hanging in the contest –
Scott Boland and Khawaja had to wait an entire session as rain ruined the entire 1st session of the day. When play began Australians added 14 more runs to their overnight score before Broad got Boland caught behind for 20. Travis Head was his aggressive self before Moeen Ali got him out for 16 caught in the slips.
Cameron Green and Khawaja added 49 for the 6th wicket and went into tea without any more losses. Green was bowled by Robinson when he chopped one back onto his stumps for 28.
At the time of writing, Australia still needed 85 runs with Khawaja and Carey in the crease.
Twitter reacts –
The entire altercation between Khawaja and Robinson had the fans talking on Twitter and you can read all the fans reactions below.
"That's why you're not a batsman" could be heard on the stump mic by Khawaja in that exchange with Ollie Robinson.— Justin Edwards (@JEdwardsFOX) June 20, 2023
Even after sending him off on 141, Robinson seems to have yet more batting advice for Khawaja. #Ashes pic.twitter.com/HnoL3piRhC
Bit more (probably one-sided) chat between Ollie Robinson and Usman Khawaja before drinks. Jimmy Anderson an unlikely peacemaker, then Marais Erasmus had a word with Robinson during the break— Will Macpherson (@willis_macp) June 20, 2023
Interesting interaction between Usman Khawaja and Ollie Robinson at drinks. Needed Jimmy Anderson to take him away. What could that be about? 👀 #Ashes— Andrew Wu (@wutube) June 20, 2023
With Ollie Robinson tweet history, wonder why he is only targeting Khawaja? #ashes— Gully Cricket (@One_tup) June 20, 2023
Jimmy Anderson the piece maker .....that really made me chuckle....— Don Topley (Toppers) (@ToppersSnr) June 20, 2023
Mmmm....Expecting it to kick off
Khawaja & Robinson 'chat' at drinks - not sure who started that one?
Ollie Robinson has beef with Khawaja. So bowl the fella!!— Karim (@Kgov81) June 20, 2023
The irony of Anderson playing peacekeeper between Robinson and Khawaja 😂— A (@Justtympas) June 20, 2023