According to seam bowler Ollie Robinson, England might “give Australia a big hiding” in the Ashes this summer.
On June 1, the series gets underway at Edgbaston as England looks to bounce back from a 4-0 loss last winter in Australia.
Following their defeat by the West Indies, England went on to win 10 of their previous 12 Test matches while defeating South Africa, Pakistan, and New Zealand in Test series.
Robinson stated, “Playing Australia at home is such an exciting time with the team and squad we have right now.
We weren’t quite at our best when we traveled to Australia, he said to BBC Radio Sussex. This summer, I have a strong sense that we could surprise them and thoroughly humiliate them.
Being a part of a home ashes project is a dream come true. There are few things better than that.
The 29-year-old Sussex paceman Robinson, who made his Test debut in 2021, has taken 66 wickets in 16 matches at an average of 21.27, but he was a member of the team that was soundly defeated in Australia the previous time.
But, since Brendon McCullum took over as coach last summer, England has had a stunning comeback, highlighted by the most recent 3-0 series victory in Pakistan, where Robinson led all quick bowlers in wickets taken with nine.
The right-arm seamer considers the New Zealander’s and captain Ben Stokes’ positive brand of play to be revolutionary and one that the rest of the world must adopt.
Other Test-playing nations “will have to try to play the way we do at some point to compete,” Robinson continued.
“The entertainment we are providing is unlike anything we have seen in Test cricket previously, so that can only be excellent for the spectators and entertaining to watch.
Teams will eventually follow suit; the timing of some teams’ doing so will determine when that happens.
“Brendan McCullum and Stokesy have altered the game for us, giving the players and especially the batters confidence.
“I think the fans can see that the message they are giving is that we are going out there and trying to put on a show, almost trying to perform for them, and we are trying to entertain them,” the band member said.
England’s Ollie Robinson (center) in action
Robinson’s individual record has been quite outstanding since his first call-up, but the Kent-born fast believes that the recent reconnection in the bowling attack between James Anderson and Stuart Broad has really aided him. Robinson made his Test debut against New Zealand at Lord’s in 2021.
With England’s 1-1 series draw in New Zealand last month, Anderson, 40, has 685 Test wickets and Broad, 36, has 576. Together, they beat Australia legends Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath’s record of 1,001 Test wickets.
It’s pretty unique. I’m fortunate to be able to learn from those two, Robinson added.
“You can see in every game they play that they are constantly improving, even at Jimmy’s ripe old age of 40. It’s special to interact with them and learn from them; it will benefit me both now and in the future.
Before the start of the 2023 season, Robinson, who relocated from Yorkshire to Sussex in 2015, also intends to be a member of an all-star team on the south coast.
He might start for the Hove-based county against Durham on April 6 along with England fast bowler Jofra Archer, renowned Australian batter Steve Smith, and Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara.
Robinson stated that a strong lineup at Hove could consist of him, Jof, Smith, and Pujara. “Jof has IPL [Indian Premier League] responsibilities as well, but we might get Jofra for one game,” Robinson added.
“Last year, I went without playing for one month, which set me back, so this year, I’m going to play as much as I can.
“I’m hoping to play the first game of the year and continuing playing cricket because I feel like that’s when my body and I are both at our best,” said the player.
Smith, a former captain of Australia, has committed to play for Sussex in advance of the Ashes.
Three games, against Worcestershire, Leicestershire, and Glamorgan, are scheduled for the 33-year-old in May.
Pujara, an Indian batsman, signed on for a second season after leading his team to victory in the One-Day Cup and amassing more than 1,000 first-class runs for India in 2022.
I feel like I should play the first game and attempt to get a win on the board early since we now have new management, there is a different vibe among the group, and there is a little enthusiasm, Robinson continued.
I’ll make an effort to play whenever I can. The Ashes series will likely be preceded by four or five games, I believe.