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England opening batsman Sam Robson has announced that he is determined to bounce back after failing to earn a central contract for the 2014-15 season.
After scoring a magnificent 127 in his second Test against Sri Lanka this summer, Robson failed to impress in the recent five-Test series against India as he only scored 165 runs, which included one half-century, at a dismal average of 23.57.
“It’s not a problem or a limit at all: I know what I’ve got to do,” Robson said. “There’s a Lions tour to South Africa in January, so if I’m selected on that, with no Test cricket for the next six or seven months, hopefully I could score some runs and put in some strong performances.
“Then we can go from there. It’s just been a great summer for me to play all seven Tests and to feel comfortable in the environment. And to win against India was massive, and I’m looking forward to kicking on.”
When asked how he felt not to be given a central contract, Robson said: “I haven’t really thought too much about it. At the end of the day I’ve just got to try to keep scoring runs.
“It doesn’t matter what the situation is, that’s your job and that’s what I’ve got to try and do. It’s a good chance now, it’s been a big season, to have a couple of months off and recharge the batteries and go again. Hopefully I can put a few good performances on the board in the winter and then go again.
“Getting picked for England in the first place was a massive honour, and to have success personally with a hundred in my second Test as well as winning the series against India, it was just incredible.
“So it’s been a great year all-round, a huge progression and breakthrough. It’s been an unbelievable 12 months really, and it’s a time of my life I’ll look back on very fondly in years to come.”