Sam Robson is well accustomed to straddling the Ashes divide – and it was two opposing stars of the old enemies who helped shape his formative years, writes Paddy von Behr. The 24-year-old grew up playing cricket in New South Wales but after leaving school opportunities dried up and he headed to English shores. Since then the opening batsman has become one of the most prolific run-scorers in County Championship cricket, notably leading Middlesex to promotion in 2011 with an average north of 50. Robson replicated that form this summer and it earned him a call-up to England’s Performance Programme Squad to tour the land where he spent his childhood. With his allegiances apparently settled, the former Marcellin College Randwick pupil is now under the tutelage of Mark Ramprakash and Graham Thorpe. However, his early days at Lord’s were shaped largely by two on-field influences – former England captain Andrew Strauss and Australian opener Chris Rogers. “I have been very lucky at Middlesex,” he said. “Opening the batting with Andrew Strauss a couple of seasons ago was really beneficial, just to see how he goes about his business. “Then of course Chris Rogers, who has been really consistent and just… Read full this story
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