BOWLER Ollie Robinson’s luckless past few months continued after the England and Wales Cricket Board announced the Sussex seamer has tested positive for Covid-19.

Robinson made a promising start to his England career with 39 wickets at an average of 21.28 in nine Tests but he was plagued by back issues during the winter tours of Australia and the West Indies.

After a disrupted start to the county season, with a dental problem followed by a stomach upset, he was withdrawn from a County Select XI to face New Zealand last week because of stiffness in his back.

While the decision was taken as a precaution, the 28-year-old is unable to be assessed until his isolation period ends following a positive Covid test last Thursday.

Robinson has taken eight wickets in two LV= Insurance County Championship games so far and finished with none for 42 from 18 overs in a drawn tour match against the Black Caps in his most recent outing.

His fitness issues meant he was left out of England’s squad for the first two Tests against New Zealand, with the series opener taking place at Lord’s this week.