Search

England should pick Robson for Sri Lanka Test series, says Middlesex team-mate

12:27 04 June 2014

Sam Robson batting for Middlesex

Sam Robson batting for Middlesex

© Sarah Williams 2014

Ollie Rayner has added his voice to the chorus of calls for Middlesex team-mate Sam Robson to be handed his Test debut next week.

Robson is widely tipped to be named in the England squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka, which gets under way on June 12 on his home ground at Lord’s.

The 24-year-old opener has amassed a glut of runs over the past year and has built on his successful England Lions tour of Sri Lanka with a bright start to Middlesex’s County Championship campaign.

And off-spinner Rayner, who featured alongside Robson for the Lions last winter, has no doubt that his county colleague merits the opportunity to play at the highest level.

“There are a few spots available in that England side and no-one’s really made that opening spot their own yet,” said Rayner. “He’s an absolute run machine.

“He had a great winter and it’s not just a case of people seeing what he’s done in county cricket – he’s gone away with the Lions and dominated as well.

“I know Sam won’t be looking to get too far ahead of himself but, if he keeps doing well for Middlesex, I think England would be daft not to pick him.

“I certainly think he deserves it and I think he’d do a great job if they call him up. If they don’t, then good for us because we’re going to have to fill the gap.”

Robson, who was brought up in Australia but has an English mother and qualified for his adopted country last year, averaged a healthy 50 going into Middlesex’s County Championship game at Durham this week.

There are firm indications that the county have already begun preparing for Robson’s elevation to Test level by drafting one-day specialist Paul Stirling into the side for their last two four-day matches.

Although Stirling did not get a chance to lay bat on ball in the game with Sussex at Merchant Taylors’ School, which was completely washed out, he scored a half-century after going in at no 7 against Durham.

The likelihood is that, should Robson be called up by England, Middlesex will promote Dawid Malan to open alongside Chris Rogers for their next four-day match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, starting on June 14.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

07:30
North London players celebrate a wicket from Jordan Gregory in their five-run win against Brentham. Pic: Max Flego

Captain Sam Bardon has urged North London to maintain the impetus of their seven-match unbeaten run as they prepare to face the top two sides in Middlesex County League Division Three.

Yesterday, 17:06
Joel Hughes has taken 100 wickets for North Middlesex in the Premier Division. Pic: Paolo Minoli

North Middlesex secured their fourth straight Premier Division victory after beating second-placed Teddington by two runs – and captain Tom Nicoll believes the strength of his side’s bowling attack means they have a shot at the title.

Yesterday, 15:24
Brondesbury captain Adam Wilson (centre), pictured against Hornsey. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Brondesbury slipped out of the promotion spots after a four-wicket defeat at Harrow St Mary’s – and Hornsey were unable to capitalise as they drew with Indian Gymkhana.

Yesterday, 14:47
Ragheb Aga (right) hit an unbeaten 65 for Hampstead. Pic: Max Flego

Ragheb Aga struck a crucial unbeaten 65 as Hampstead narrowly overcame basement boys Eastcote and moved out of the Premier Division relegation zone.

Yesterday, 07:14
Middlesex's Eoin Morgan

Eoin Morgan feels Middlesex’s impressive County Championship form has been a key factor in their recent improvement in white-ball cricket.

Friday, July 22, 2016
Spencer McCall in action for Hendon against QPR Under-21s (Pic: DBeechPhotography)

Hendon signing Spencer McCall believes the club should be challenging for the Ryman League Premier Division play-offs as an absolute minimum this season.

Friday, July 22, 2016
Dominic Ogbechie was given the Outstanding Individual Boy award at last weeks Camden Sport and Physical Activity Celebration night. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Already standing 6ft 1in tall at the tender age of 14, Highgate Harriers’ Dominic Ogbechie clearly has a knack for defying gravity – and the sky is the limit for the prodigious teenager.

Friday, July 22, 2016
St Aloysius' Junior School were top of the list in the Active School Awards and also won the Inclusive prize. Pics: Paolo Minoli

The success of the borough’s young sporting talents was celebrated at an awards night at the Camden Centre last Wednesday, with around 200 children attending to see 20 presentations.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now