England bowler Robinson apologises for racist and sexist tweets
England's Ollie Robinson celebrates taking the wicket of New Zealand's Ross Taylor out for 14 runs on the first day of the first Test cricket match between England and New Zealand.
The 27-year-old led England's attack with 2-50 on the first day of the two-match series, but his performance was overshadowed as Twitter messages he had posted as a teenager resurfaced.
The tweets, dating back to 2012, left Robinson in an especially difficult position given both teams had lined up before play for a 'Moment of Unity' designed to show their opposition to discrimination within cricket.
"I deeply regret my actions, and I am ashamed of making such remarks."
England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Tom Harrison added Robinson would now face a disciplinary process.
"Any person reading those words, particularly a woman or person of colour, would take away an image of cricket and cricketers that is completely unacceptable," said Harrison.
"We have a zero-tolerance stance to any form of discrimination and there are rules in place that handle conduct of this nature."