England’s cricketer Ollie Robinson has come under criticism from former Australian cricket players Matthew Hayden and Ricky Ponting following his behavior during the opening Ashes 2023 Test at Edgbaston. Robinson showed a confrontational and provocative attitude, both on and off the pitch, during England’s tense two-wicket defeat in the Ashes opener. He delivered an expletive-laden send off to the Australian player Usman Khawaja and defended his behavior in a subsequent press conference.

In response, Hayden and Ponting criticized Robinson’s performance and his conduct. Hayden mocked Robinson’s pace, calling him a “forgettable cricketer” and suggesting that the Australian batsmen should not be troubled by him. Ponting, on the other hand, implied that if Robinson is focusing on things that happened years ago (referring to past sledging), it would affect his game and suggested that Robinson needs to back up his talk with his skills.

As for Michael Clarke’s statement on Ollie Robinson not being good enough to get a game in the Ashes 2023, this appears to be an interpretation based on the criticism from Hayden and Ponting. However, this precise quote from Michael Clarke wasn’t found in the provided sources, so I cannot comment further on his stance without additional context.

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It’s worth noting that despite the criticism, Robinson has remained defiant. In a column for Wisden.com, he expressed surprise at Australia’s unwillingness “to go toe-to-toe” with England and noted that despite the defeat, they made all the running in the game, suggesting that they’ve put the Australians on the back foot.

In conclusion, there is a difference of opinion between some Australian cricket greats and Robinson regarding his performance and behavior during the Ashes 2023. Despite the criticism, Robinson remains confident in his approach and game.