`Aussie` Robson scores maiden England century

AFP| Last Updated: Jun 21, 2014, 22:05 PM IST

Leeds: Australia-born England opener Sam Robson scored his first Test century on the second day of the second Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley on Saturday.

Robson, 98 not out at tea on the second day, went to three figures with a two into the covers off paceman Dhammika Prasad as his parents watched from the old Headingley Pavilion.

The 24-year-old opener, the son of an Australian father and an English mother, reached his hundred in just over five hours at the crease, facing 220 balls with 11 fours.

He was eventually out for 127, bowled between bat and pad by a delivery from paceman Nuwan Pradeep that darted in to hit off stump.

England were now 278 for three, with Robson having played a major role in guiding them into a first-innings lead after Sri Lanka were dismissed for 257 on Friday.

Robson, playing just his second Test, had endured a tough England debut in the first of this two-match series with Sri Lanka.

Although that match was at Lord`s, where Robson -- born and raised in Sydney -- plays for Middlesex, the right-hander could only manage scores of one and 19 after England dropped Michael Carberry following their 5-0 Ashes loss in Australia.