Fast bowler Ollie Robinson found himself in conflict with certain former Australian cricketers when he engaged in a heated exchange with Usman Khawaja during the 1st Ashes Test between England and Australia at Edgbaston. After dismissing Khawaja in the first innings, Robinson unleashed a profanity-laden outburst directed at the Australian opener. He continued his verbal confrontation with Khawaja during the second innings. However, Robinson’s approach backfired as Australia successfully chased down 281 runs in the fourth innings, securing a two-wicket victory and a 1-0 lead in the series.
The incident between Robinson and Khawaja received criticism from a few ex-Australian cricketers, including Ricky Ponting and Matthew Hayden. After Ponting expressed his disapproval of Robinson’s comments, Hayden took his turn to deliver a sharp rebuke. During a conversation with former wicketkeeper Ian Healy, Hayden referred to Robinson as a “forgettable cricketer” and delivered a scathing remark.
Hayden stated, “That’s how you counter England as well. When Pat Cummins started aggressively confronting Joe Root and hitting a couple of sixes.” He added, “Then there’s the other guy, the forgettable cricketer. A fast bowler who bowls at 124 kilometers per hour with no impact, but he certainly has a sharp tongue.” When Healy asked, “Are you talking about Ollie Robinson?”, Hayden replied, “Someone like him, you can simply say, ‘Brother, I’m coming for you'”.