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Full name Sam David Robson
Born July 1, 1989, Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales
Current age 25 years 11 days
Major teams England, Australia Under-19s, Eastern Suburbs, England Lions, England Performance Programme, Marylebone Cricket Club, Middlesex, Middlesex 2nd XI, New South Wales Under-19s, Sydney South East, University of New South Wales
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
|Test debut||England v Sri Lanka at Lord's, Jun 12-16, 2014 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v Sri Lanka at Leeds, Jun 20-24, 2014 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Essex v Middlesex at Chelmsford, Jun 6-9, 2009 scorecard|
|Last First-class||England v Sri Lanka at Leeds, Jun 20-24, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Worcestershire v Middlesex at Kidderminster, Sep 14, 2008 scorecard|
|Last List A||Yorkshire v Middlesex at Leeds, Jun 20, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Middlesex v Hampshire at Uxbridge, Jul 1, 2011 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Middlesex v Somerset at Southgate, Jul 10, 2011 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|127, 24||England||v Sri Lanka||Leeds||20 Jun 2014||Test # 2126|
|1, 19||England||v Sri Lanka||Lord's||12 Jun 2014||Test # 2124|
|24, 42*||Middlesex||v Durham||Chester-le-Street||1 Jun 2014||FC|
|6||Middlesex||v Northants||Northampton||18 May 2014||FC|
|51, 19*||Middlesex||v Lancashire||Lord's||11 May 2014||FC|
|7, 0/6, 68||Middlesex||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||4 May 2014||FC|
|7, 77||Middlesex||v Yorkshire||Lord's||27 Apr 2014||FC|
|163, 41*||Middlesex||v Notts||Lord's||13 Apr 2014||FC|
|11, 1||Middlesex||v Sussex||Hove||6 Apr 2014||FC|
|107||Middlesex||v Hampshire||Southampton||1 Apr 2014||Other|
In the middle of 2013, when England were on their way to winning another Ashes series and had what appeared to be a settled top three, the closely guarded thoughts of Sam Robson made for an interesting but not immediately relevant debating point: would the opening batsman born in New South Wales with a mother from Nottinghamshire want to represent Australia or England, given the chance?
Well, long before the end of England's 2013-14 Ashes humiliation, Robson's wishes had, it seemed, become obvious - and the subject was anything but academic. With problems manifest among England's top order, opportunity beckoned for the former Australia U-19 player and he was duly named in the squad to play Sri Lanka in the first home Test of the summer. This was quite a journey for a man who flew halfway round the world as a teenager with little more than some jobbing legspin and a faculty for hard work to recommend him in pursuit of a cricket career.
It had been thought that Robson - an opener much in the style of Mike Atherton - would qualify for England in 2014. But when Middlesex re-examined the situation they discovered he had completed the requisite residency period (having moved to London in 2008) in August 2013. England wasted little time in nailing their colours to the mast by first naming him in their Performance Programme squad and then picking him for the Lions tour of Sri Lanka in early 2014, on which Robson notched hundreds in two of the three unofficial Tests.
Robson, encouragingly sound in defence on the field, had always offered a dead bat to questions about his international ambitions, saying they were hypothetical because he was a long way from appearing in Test cricket. He continued in much the same modest vein - albeit with an important statement of intent - when interviewed shortly before the trip to Sri Lanka. "If I ever become good enough, I want to play for England," he said. "I don't know where I'm going to end up. I'll keep working hard."
Having made the earliest first-class hundred ever witnessed in the UK, for Middlesex against Durham MCCU before March was out in 2012, Robson has certainly progressed in pleasing fashion since making his Championship debut in 2009. He scored nearly 1,200 in Division One of Championship runs, at an average of 47, in 2013 (third highest run-maker in the top tier) and carried that good form into the EPP tour of Australia and the Lions visit to Sri Lanka, compiling five centuries and rubber-stamping his good impression.
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