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Full name Sam David Robson
Born July 1, 1989, Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales
Current age 25 years 273 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 India at The Oval, Aug 15-17, 2014 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Essex v Middlesex at Chelmsford, Jun 6-9, 2009 scorecard|
|Last First-class||South Africa A v England Lions at Bloemfontein, Jan 18-21, 2015 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|
|6||Middlesex||v MCC YC||Abu Dhabi||20 Mar 2015||Other T20|
|26||Middlesex||v Yorkshire||Abu Dhabi||19 Mar 2015||Other T20|
|16||Middlesex||v MCC YC||Abu Dhabi||19 Mar 2015||Other T20|
|60||Middlesex||v MCC Uni||Abu Dhabi||18 Mar 2015||Other T20|
|43||Middlesex||v Worcs||Abu Dhabi||13 Mar 2015||Other OD|
|5, 0||Eng Lions||v Sth Africa A||Bloemfontein||18 Jan 2015||FC|
|41||Eng Lions||v Sth Africa A||Paarl||11 Jan 2015||FC|
|109, 1||Eng Lions||v Gauteng Invitation XI||Soweto||5 Jan 2015||Other|
|7, 75||Middlesex||v Lancashire||Manchester||23 Sep 2014||FC|
|6, 4||Middlesex||v Somerset||Taunton||15 Sep 2014||FC|
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.
Robson failed in his first Test, prompting the media to dissect his technique, with many judges reckoning him too vulnerable outside offstump. To his great credit Robson's faith in his game remained unbroken, and he promptly struck a well-compiled century in his second Test. But, after 59 against India at Lord's Robson managed only 106 runs in his last six innings. When his struggles continued upon his return to Middlesex in the Championship, while several rivals for the England opener's berth thrived, the England Lions tour to South Africa in January 2015 loomed as a critical juncture in Robson's career.
It had been thought that Robson - an opener solid in defence and fluent through the covers, 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.
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 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. His weight of stroke is considered a little slight - one reason why he has barely featured in Middlesex's limited overs teams - but that did not stop him forming a formidable opening pair with Chris Rogers for his county.
Whatever happens, the Australia-New Zealand World Cup final at the MCG will be the most divine fun