Robson can make it to the top, says Middlesex skipper
Middlesex run machine Sam Robson has the potential to be one of English cricket’s brightest stars, according to his opening partner Chris Rogers.
Robson has begun the County Championship season in magnificent form, hitting a century and three half-centuries in Middlesex’s first three games before topping those efforts with an unbeaten 215 against Warwickshire.
Although the 23-year-old batsman, whose current average is a very healthy 115, grew up in New South Wales, he will become an England-qualified player next year.
And Rogers, whose partnership with Robson at the top of the order has been a key element in Middlesex’s positive start to the season, believes his fellow Aussie has much to offer the English game.
“With Sam, the great thing is his desire to bat for long periods of time and sell his wicket dearly,” Rogers told london24.com. “That’s the sign of a player who’s going to churn out a lot of runs.
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“As an Australian, I think it’s very disappointing he’s not in the system over there because he’s a much better player than a few of the guys who are playing for New South Wales.
“But that’s England’s gain and I reckon he’s got a huge future here. Technically he’s as good as any young player I’ve seen, he’s got a lot of ability, and his desire is amazing.”
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Rogers and Robson recently broke the all-time record for Middlesex’s opening partnership against Surrey with a stand of 259, when the skipper went on to score 214.
Meanwhile, Middlesex are close to confirming a longer stay at Lord’s for Australian batsman Adam Voges, who is due to arrive for the start of their Friends Life t20 campaign towards the end of June.
Rogers will depart at around the same time to link up with Australia’s Ashes squad and the county have asked Voges to deputise in four-day and 40-over cricket while their captain is unavailable.
Middlesex coach Richard Scott, who played alongside Voges in club cricket at Bournemouth, said: “Adam had a great Big Bash [Australia’s domestic t20 tournament], so he’ll be in good form.
“He’s a smashing lad as well as a quality batsman and I know the supporters will enjoy watching him play for Middlesex.”