In a heavily one-sided first Test of the Ashes 2023, Australia triumphed over England by a margin of two wickets, commencing the series on a triumphant note under the leadership of Pat Cummins. Amidst the thrilling chase, the focal point of discussion revolved around the heated verbal exchange between Ollie Robinson and Usman Khawaja. So, Robinson having dismissed Khawaja in the first innings, engaged in a verbal altercation, which Khawaja reciprocated on the fifth day of the match. Recently, Robinson revealed that he had a conversation with Khawaja following the incident. Further, clarifying that his actions were a result of the intense moment and held no personal grudge.
“I didn’t realise the Ussie [Usman Khawaja] send-off was such a big thing until I got off the pitch to find my phone blowing up with mates texting me and it all going off. I just got caught up in the moment. And was desperate for a wicket; I hadn’t bowled that well in the first innings. I’d had that slip in my second over and lost a bit of confidence,”
“And then I was trying to feel my way back in a little bit, having not played much for a while. And obviously Ussie was the big wicket, he was playing beautifully. It was nothing against Ussie, it was just one of those things. I got caught up in the moment and let myself go,”
he further added.
I spoke to Ussie after as well: Robinson
“We’ve all seen it with Jimmy [Anderson], Broady, [Glenn] McGrath, Brett Lee. All the bowlers do it when they’re fired up and trying to get a wicket for their team. I spoke to Ussie after as well and we were all good. He was just like, ‘Mate, just be careful what you say’. It was nothing against him and we had a good chat. He’s a nice guy and I’ve always gotten on well with him, having played against him a few times,”
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