England picks Oz -born Sam Robson as backup

Sydney: England have won the first Ashes battle of the summer after they picked up sought-after Sydney-born batsman Sam Robson in a Lions Development squad.

According to news.com.au, Robson, whose mother was born in Nottingham, has been caught in a tug-of-war battle between the rival nations for his services after plundering runs in the County Championship.

It is Robson`s first call-up to a national squad, having only qualified for England in August after playing county cricket for Middlesex since 2009, the report said.

The 24-year-old is the second-highest run-scorer in Division One of the County Championship , scoring 1180 runs at an average of 47.2, the report added.

His eye-catching form this year, coupled with Australia`s far-from-settled Test batting lineup, prompted calls to try and woo the former Australia and NSW under-19s player back home, the report further said.


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