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England optimistic about Ollie Robinson injury

England are optimistic that seamer Ollie Robinson will be able to bowl tomorrow after a back spasm limited him to just eight overs on the first day of the fifth Ashes Test in Hobart.

Australia finished the day on 241 for 6 but were on the ropes early on as Robinson, who returned to the XI as one of five changes, helped Joe Root’s side make a blistering start – taking two wickets as Aussies were reduced to 12 for 3 in the 10th over.

But in his first over after lunch the Sussex seamer looked like he was carrying an injury and that would prove to be his last contribution with the ball on day 1.

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Speaking to ESPNcricinfo after the game, England bowling coach Jon Lewis confirmed that Robinson had suffered a back spasm and indicated that there was optimism he may be able to bowl tomorrow.

He explained: “These things can come and go. We’re hoping that, with treatment overnight, he can come back tomorrow and be free enough to bowl. So that was the reason that he stayed on the field for as much as he did, even though he wasn’t moving as well as he could.”

With a side strain meaning Ben Stokes is in the side purely as a batter, losing the 28-year-old would be a real blow for Root – though in Stuart Broad, Mark Wood and Chris Woakes he has three other top-class pace bowlers.

Hopefully, Robbo is back fit and firing tomorrow to help England wrap up the tail!