Cricket: England rookie Ollie Robinson's brash plan to dismiss Blackcaps star Kane Williamson

The hosts have made a bold declaration three days out from the first test between the Blackcaps and England at Lord's. 

Rookie England bowler Ollie Robinson believes he has the plan to dismiss NZ star Kane Williamson and he hasn't been afraid to share it.

"It looks like swinging it away from him, pulling him across the crease and then using the nip-backer to get him lbw is a solid option," says the 27-year-old.

"That will be plan A and if he gets a few more we've got a few plan Bs and Cs in the background."

Robinson is yet to play a test for England but says his familiarity with both Williamson and veteran NZ batsman Ross Taylor from the English county scene should give him an advantage against both.

Ollie Robinson.
Ollie Robinson. Photo credit: Getty

"The fact that I know them both fairly well from playing with them at Sussex [Taylor] and Yorkshire [Williamson], that probably makes it a little bit easier," he claims.

"I will be getting in New Zealand’s faces and trying to gee the boys up a bit. Just bringing that little extra edge."

If selected, Robinson will get a chance to find out if his theory works in just a few days' time, with the first test beginning Wednesday night (NZ time).

Meanwhile, the new faces among the NZ team have been taking in the sights at the home of cricket for the first time. 

"I'm just soaking it in - the ground and the history that comes with it," says bowler Kyle Jamieson.

"There were a few photos taken, I think even Ross [Taylor] even had a few. It shows, even if it's not your first time, it's still a pretty special place to be."

For some members of the squad, this was the first time back at Lords' since the heartbreaking 2019 World Cup final. 

The place has changed since then, with workers today still putting the finishing touches on a major redevelopment.

The new stands have increased the capacity by 2000 seats, although the overall capacity has been reduced to just 25 percent due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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