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England opener Sam Robson is hoping to make his international return when the national team travel to Australia for the Ashes in November.
Robson has represented England in seven Test matches to date, but his last appearance in the longest format came in August 2014.
The 27-year-old had a solid county season for Middlesex last year as he scored 899 first-class runs in 14 matches at an average of 44.95.
Despite this, he continued to be overlooked by the national selectors. But, once the county season was over, Robson, who was born in Australia, travelled Down Under to play grade cricket for Eastern Suburbs.
“It was the first time I have played back there in five years and really enjoyed it,” Robson said. “It’s a good standard of cricket and not too draining as you play just once a week so it kept me ticking over and I feel refreshed for the new season.
“There was fair bit of banter flying around about me playing for England, but it is water off a duck’s back. I’m sure it’d be the same in an Ashes series if ever play in one so I guess I’d love to hear it.”
Robson, however, acknowledged that he will have a lot of work to do if he wants to regain his spot in the Test team, especially as younger players like Haseeb Hameed and Keaton Jennings have already made their presence felt.
“But I know I am a bit behind guys like Keaton Jennings and Haseeb Hamed at the moment in the pecking order so I have a bit of ground to make up,” he said. “If I could play in the Ashes it would be fantastic. It’s the pinnacle for any England or Australia player. But I know I have to score a lot of runs for Middlesex first.”