England name Ollie Robinson in 14-man squad for first two Test matches against South Africa
Sussex seamer Ollie Robinson could make first Test appearance since January after overcoming back problem; Ben Foakes to keep wicket for England after recovering from Covid-19; England play South Africa in three Tests, starting at Lord's on August 17, live on Sky Sports
Last Updated: 02/08/22 5:19pm
Ollie Robinson has been recalled to a 14-man England squad for the first two Test matches against South Africa.
The Sussex seamer's previous Test appearance came in January's final Ashes fixture in Hobart with a back problem seeing him miss the three games in the West Indies in March before he was left out of the squad for the opening Test against New Zealand at Lord's in June.
Robinson was then sidelined between late May and late July with his back issue - he also suffered a bout of Covid-19 during that time - but returned to action for Sussex in the County Championship last week, taking nine wickets in the match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
England squad for first two South Africa Tests
Ben Stokes (captain), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Jack Leach, Alex Lees, Craig Overton, Matthew Potts, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root
The 28-year-old will now hope to make his England comeback having been named in the squad for the games against South Africa at Lord's (August 17-21) and Emirates Old Trafford (August 25-29) as a replacement for Jamie Overton, who is out with hand and foot injuries.
The third and final match against South Africa is at The Kia Oval (September 8-12).
England vs South Africa (all games live on Sky Sports)
- 1st Test (Lord's) - August 17-21
- 2nd Test (Emirates Old Trafford) - August 25-29
- 3rd Test (The Kia Oval) - September 8-12
Robinson will test his fitness by playing for the England Lions in a four-day game against South Africa at Canterbury from August 9.
England have won all four of their Tests this summer under new captain Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum, sweeping New Zealand 3-0 before beating India in the rescheduled fifth Test to earn a 2-2 series draw.
Wicketkeeper Ben Foakes missed most of the final game against New Zealand and then the clash with India due to Covid-19 but will return against South Africa with Sam Billings dropping out.
England men's performance director Mo Bobat said: "After an excellent start to the summer, we're looking forward to an exciting Test series against a strong South Africa side. The selectors have picked a squad for the first two Tests at Lord's and Emirates Old Trafford with continuity in mind."
James Anderson, who turned 40 on Saturday, and Stuart Broad are set to lead the attack once again, with Robinson, Craig Overton and Matthew Potts the other seamers in the squad.
England have kept faith with Zak Crawley - the Kent opener has not passed 50 in seven innings so far this summer but did make 46 against India last time out in a much-improved showing.
England squad for first two South Africa Tests: Ben Stokes (captain), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Jack Leach, Alex Lees, Craig Overton, Matthew Potts, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root
Watch the first Test between England and South Africa, from Lord's, live on Sky Sports Cricket on Thursday, August 17.