The Sydney-born batsmen is line to make his test debut after being selected by England
Australian-born batsmen Sam Robson is in line to make his test debut with England after the Middlesex opener was selected in the English squad for the First Test against Sri Lanka at Lord’s.
Robson was one of three uncapped players picked by English selectors along with all-rounder Chris Jordan and off-spinner Moeen Ali.
Although the 24-year-old is eligible to play for the England through his Nottingham-born mother, the news hasn’t been met with glee in Australia.
Aussie wicketkeeper Brad Haddin played Sydney grade cricket with Robson, and told The Daily Telegraph he had mixed-feelings about his mate’s defection to the ‘mother country’.
“He’s obviously chosen a path he’s happy with but I might be looking out the corner of my eye to see which of the two anthems he’s singing if we play Test cricket against each other,” he said.
“He sounded pretty Aussie last time I saw him.
“Sam’s a good kid. Each summer he came back to Easts from England his game went up a level and it’s obviously now at a level where he can be considered by England.
“He’s a fighter who enjoys batting for long periods which is a good trait for top cricket.”
England face Sri Lanka in the First Test at Lord’s on June 12.
Alistair Cook (C), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballence, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Matt Prior, Sam Robson, Joe Root, Chris Woakes.