There can surely be no doubt now of Sam Robson’s credentials as he pushes toward a more and more likely summer Test birth for England.
The 24-year-old starred for Middlesex with a first-innings 163 and finished off the job with captain Chris Rogers in their 10-wicket win over Nottinghamshire at Lord’s on Wednesday.
Having been coy with a ‘I just want to score runs’ approach to the issue, he said afterwards that he’s ready for the big-time of playing for his adopted England.
“I think I’m ready for it [Test cricket],” Robson told www.lords.org.
“I feel in a good place. Test cricket is what every professional cricketer wants to play, because you want to test yourself at that level.
“I feel that I’ve improved during the last couple of years and over the winter, but there’s a lot of cricket over the next couple of months so it would be foolish to look too far ahead.”
It’s becoming tedious to point out, given Robson’s made his choice and sticking with it, but Australia’s loss is England’s gain with this guy who came to his mother’s mother country as a teenager and has flourished in County Cricket.
One of his biggest fans at present is Rogers, his skipper and opening partner at Lord’s and the Australian batsman who’s joked that were Robson playing for a Baggy Green cap it might be his own that the youngester would take.
Robson was part of a 203-run first innings partnership with Eoin Morgan – another England hopeful not from England – and combined with Rogers for 112 to secure the victory without losing a second dig wicket.
Rogers said he’s be very disappointed if Robson didn’t like up against Sri Lanka or India in the summer.
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