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Opening batsman Sam Robson hasn’t given up on his international career, saying that he is looking to break into the England Test squad once again ahead of the Ashes against Australia later this year.
Robson had a chance to cement his spot as Alastair Cook’s opening partner, but a disappointing run of form saw him axed from the side.
While England have opted to go with youth at the top of the order as of late as they have given Haseeb Hameed and Keaton Jennings opportunities to open the batting, there is a glimmer of hope for Robson to take back the position he once held as Jennings has failed to have a major impact in the ongoing four-Test series against South Africa. In the three Tests he has played, the 25-year-old has amassed 92 runs at an average of 15.33.
With Haseeb having endured a frustrating County Championship season with Lancashire, where he has scored 214 runs in seven games at an average of 19.45, the door is open for Robson to stake his claim.
Robson will definitely be one of the players on the selectors’ radar, especially since he has enjoyed an outstanding first-class season with Middlesex thus far, accumulating 534 runs, which includes two centuries and two fifties, in five matches at an average of 59.33.
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have half an eye on it,” Robson told City A.M. when asked about the Ashes. “I’d love to play for England again. I feel like I’m a better player now than I was when I got my chance first time around.
“You look at tours and things like that and an Ashes tour in Australia would be unbelievable. If you’re a county player, doing all right and in the hunt it’s something you’ll be looking at it.
“You never know how close you are and it’s runs that dictate. If you’re in the runs and scoring well you might be close if an opportunity arises. It’s pretty clear-cut in that respect.”
Robson, who was born in Sydney, admitted that he made a great start to his Test career in 2014, but pointed out that he lacked consistency. However, the 28-year-old believes that he won’t make the same mistake again if he were given an opportunity to resurrect his Test career.
“I look back at it positively. To win a series against India and come out with a Test hundred; I felt like I made some good contributions albeit I wasn’t consistent enough when I was there,” he said. “The following year, in 2015, I had a lean year [in county cricket] but since then I’ve been reasonably consistent. I don’t think I’ve been hard done by; the year after I just didn’t bang the door down. If I was to get another opportunity I would be better equipped.”