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Middlesex’s Robson ‘not thinking of England recall’

PUBLISHED: 11:20 01 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:20 01 September 2017

Sam Robson (right) walks off the field with then England captain Alastair Cook during a Test match against India in 2014 (pic Andrew Matthews/PA)

Sam Robson (right) walks off the field with then England captain Alastair Cook during a Test match against India in 2014 (pic Andrew Matthews/PA)

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If Middlesex batsman Sam Robson has set himself targets between now and the end of the season that might earn him an England recall he’s keeping them to himself.

But Robson’s many admirers, both among Middlesex fans and outside the county, will be hoping that the 28-year-old can maintain the consistency that is getting him mentioned again as someone to fill one of the slots in England’s mis-firing top order in this winter’s Ashes series.

Robson passed 50 for the fifth time in the Specsavers County Championship this summer against Surrey this week in what was only his seventh game because of an early-season calf injury.

After scoring his runs at 44.95 in Middlesex’s Championship success in 2016 he is averaging 51.83 this summer with four games to go.

If the England selectors are considering recalling Sydney-born Robson, who played the last of his seven Tests three years ago before losing his place to Adam Lyth, they will have noted his experience of Australian conditions.

He played in the New South Wales junior system with Australia captain Steve Smith and last year returned to Sydney to play for Eastern Suburbs in the grade competition.

All Robson can do, he says, is concentrate on finishing the season strongly for Middlesex. The Ashes party is likely to be announced not long after next week’s Test at Lord’s against West Indies, which might mean any runs he gets in the last two or three rounds of Championship games count for nothing.

But with a Lions squad shadowing the main party in Australia this winter there is no lack of incentive for him to keep churning out the scores.

“I’ve never been someone who’s put it out there that I want to score this amount of runs or reach these targets,” he said.

“There are always variables opening the batting. All I concentrate on when I go out to bat is try and get through the new ball, put in a performance and if they result in wins or whatever then that’s what I am after.”

Middlesex head to Headingley next week to face Yorkshire before decamping to Uxbridge to play Hampshire. They finish their season at home to Lancashire and, in the final round, go to Taunton to face Somerset.

“It is going to be a tiring four or five weeks, all in a row,” added Robson. “But it’s good in a way. There are no distractions, you know what is ahead of you and you can concentrate.

“It has been a weird season. We played all that Championship cricket at the start and then for me there was a big break in the middle for T20 when I didn’t play.

“It’s just about playing well for the rest of the season and try and win a few games for Middlesex. We’ll see what happens after that.”

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