By India Today Sports Desk: Former Australian opener Matthew Hayden has slammed England pacer Ollie Robinson, calling him a 'forgettable' cricketer after Australia secured a two-wicket win in a thrilling first Ashes Test at Edgbaston. Hayden also urged David Warner to take on the pacer, describing him as a "fast bowler who is bowling 124 (kph) under nuts and he's got a mouth from the south.
Robinson has been making headlines after giving Usman Khawaja a foul-mouthed send-off after dismissing him for 141 in the first innings of the Edgbaston Test. Defending his actions at a post-match press conference, he pointed out that Australians such as Ricky Ponting have been doing the same to England players for many years.
During the media interaction, he also slammed Australia's tail, saying they appear to have 'three No. 11s' after the visitors lost four wickets for 14 runs in the first innings. It was obvious that he would reclaim it from the Australians if England lost the first Ashes Test in 2023. As a result, it's not surprising that a number of former cricketers mocked Robinson's antics following Australia's thrilling two-wicket win at Edgbaston.
"That's how you combat England as well. As soon as Pat Cummins started coming at Joe Root and hit a couple of sixes," Hayden said on SENQ Breakfast.
"Then the other bloke; he's a forgettable cricketer. A fast bowler that is bowling 124 (kph) nude nuts and he's got a mouth from the south."
When Healy asked, "Who, Ollie Robinson?", Hayden replied, "Someone like him, you can just go, 'Brother, I'm coming at ya'
Ricky Ponting had slammed the right-arm pacer for inserting his name into the sledging controversy. The Australian legend described Robinson as a slow learner' on the ICC Review Podcast.
"As I said after Ollie Robinson said what he said, this England cricket team hasn't played against Australia and they'll find out pretty quickly what playing Ashes cricket and playing against a good Australian cricket team is all about. And if Ollie Robinson hasn't learned that already after last week, then he's a slow learner," Ponting said in the ICC Review.