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England pace bowler Stuart Broad has announced that he was excited when Middlesex opening batsman Sam Robson was called up for the national team’s upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka.
Robson could potentially make his Test debut during the first Test, which gets underway at Lord’s on June 12.
“Sam is only young and he’s obviously got a lot of cricket ahead of him,” Broad told Sky Sports. “Just speaking to my Nottinghamshire team-mates over the last couple of weeks they seem to believe that Sam, along with Ed Joyce, are the best players in county cricket that they’ve bowled to.
“That’s a huge testament to Sam and proves that he’s a very talented player.
“I’ve not played against him. I’ve only met him very briefly at Loughborough University but I’m looking forward to watching him bat against Sri Lanka on Thursday or Friday.”
Broad also conceded that he was pleased to see pace bowler Chris Jordan and all-rounder Moeen Ali get their maiden Test call-ups as well.
“Chris’ name has been around for probably a year or so, with guys talking about how good this player is,” Broad said. “It’s been great to see him come in with the white ball and have some success.
“For Mo and Chris they’ve both performed and had some success with the white ball which can help them relax into this week.
“They’ve obviously played on the international stage and they know what it’s like the added pressure and the added intensity.
“They can both relax and play their natural games because they’ve both performed in One-Day cricket over the winter.”
Broad added that England have to get over the loss of Kevin Pietersen and focus on the upcoming series.
“Kev has been a fantastic player for England there’s no doubt about that.” Broad said. “We’ve had huge success with him in the side but sport and cricket always moves on.
“We saw it with Andrew Flintoff in 2009. A lot of people wondered where the team would go to when Fred retired and the team actually went from strength to strength.
“I’m not saying that will happen this time around but it certainly can happen. Other people step up to the plate and have to score Test runs when big players aren’t there anymore.
“Opportunities will arise for people to do that and one thing is for sure, players always move on in sport but sport is always there.”