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Ollie Robinson agrees switch from Kent to Durham

Ollie Robinson, the Kent wicketkeeper-batter, has agreed a three-year deal to affix Durham from the tip of the season.

Robinson, 23, made his Kent debut in 2017 and has performed for England Lions, however went on mortgage to Durham earlier in the summertime to be able to achieve alternatives in T20 cricket, the place he has needed to cope with Sam Billings and Jordan Cox being above him within the pecking order.

“We at the moment have two wicketkeepers who’re in and round senior England squads In Sam Billings and Jordan Cox, and Ollie Robinson has toured with England Lions,” Kent’s director of cricket, Paul Downton, mentioned. “Kent has produced three improbable wicketkeeper-batters by the membership’s academy lately, and at some stage this case was going to come back to a head.

“From my very own private expertise as a participant, I can perceive Ollie’s choice to maneuver golf equipment to ensure enjoying time. After all, we would like that Ollie stayed at Kent, however he has to do what’s finest for his profession.

“Ollie has been a superb servant to the membership, and he leaves with our highest needs.”

Robinson has been Kent’s first-choice keeper within the Championship since his breakthrough season in 2019, when he scored the primary of his 4 first-class lots of for the membership. This summer season noticed him change into solely the fifth Englishman to attain a Record A double-hundred, as Robinson averaged 59.33 within the Royal London Cup.

He additionally scored 226 runs throughout 12 innings for Durham within the T20 Blast, together with a career-best 56 in opposition to Yorkshire.

‘I am thrilled to be becoming a member of Durham Cricket from subsequent season and past,” Robinson mentioned. “Having been part of the group throughout my mortgage stint I understand how a lot high quality the squad possesses, and I really feel there are some thrilling instances forward, hopefully I could make some main contributions and assist Durham win some trophies.

“I need to thank all of the employees on and off the sector for making me really feel so welcome earlier this season – I stay up for assembly up with everybody once more and getting all the way down to enterprise. I really feel Durham is the precise place for me to assist fulfil my targets and subsequent season cannot come quick sufficient. I am wanting ahead to seeing what the north has to supply.”

Durham’s director of cricket, Marcus North, mentioned: “We’re extraordinarily delighted that Ollie has chosen to affix Durham and we have now been capable of safe the signature of one of the proficient and skilful wicketkeeper-batters in England.

“At solely 23, Ollie has already established nice foundations in all codecs of his recreation, and we stay up for nurturing this very thrilling expertise in his subsequent stage of his profession at Durham.

“That is the standard and skillset we have now been in search of that can strengthen our enjoying squad in all codecs. We stay up for him becoming a member of again up with us throughout pre-season and the influence he could have with us subsequent season and past.”

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