With Robinson missing, captain Joe Root was forced to reduce off-spin by 10 overs in ideal seaming conditions.
England bowling coach John Lewis was just as beautiful when talking to Robinson after the stumps on the first night.
“[Robinson’s fitness] It’s something he’s definitely looking at and we’re working with him on that, “said Lewis.
“He will need to be a fitter bowler to be able to perform consistently at this level for a long time. It’s 100 percent. We had that conversation with him and we were quite open with him and now it is up to him to get the job done.
He has a track record of playing county cricket. But international cricket is a higher intensity and you play all year round. So, he has to get used to understanding what it takes to be an international cricketer all year round.
“She is OK. But we play a lot of cricket, and training and playing at the same time is not always straightforward. This is one thing [Robinson’s] In that moment of learning, he’s probably going to learn to take better care of himself. “
Which raises the question, how can a seven-season county player be in such a bad position to represent their country, especially after a home summer in a Test set-up?
If this is the best England can handle first-class and international systems, then it is no wonder that so many of their players look so inadequate.
Big and strong with a high action, its unmistakable precision and exceptional seam position could make him a true handful on a supportive pitch, as the Australians found this summer.
But while he may look like a Test cricketer, he struggles to play like one.
At the beginning of a new spell there will be floating half-volley or long hops with easy picking that automatically releases the pressure and towards the end of the day he struggles to get back to the original spells.
Robinson’s fitness has been a concern for some time, and England took him to rest for their final Test in Sydney after his speed slowed down during the Boxing Day Test.
“In these series we play now, the time we are in, everything has really been squashed together,” Lewis explained. “So there’s not much of a rest and recovery between games. So that’s something he has to deal with. “
With the London Telegraph