Robson says Middlesex squad can cope with skipper’s absence

Sam Robson believes Middlesex’s top order are capable of sharing the extra workload when skipper Chris Rogers departs on Ashes duty later this month.

Robson has formed an extremely productive opening partnership with his captain in the County Championship this season, but that is set to end after next week’s home clash with Yorkshire.

While Rogers concentrates on adding to his single Test cap as Australia attempt to wrest back the Ashes from England, Middlesex will have to rearrange their batting line-up for the second half of the season.

While Robson concedes that his opening partner’s absence will be keenly felt, he is confident that he and his team-mates can maintain Middlesex’s positive run of form in the four-day game.

“We know Buck’s a magnificent player and I don’t have to harp on about that,” Robson told “His statistics and run-scoring feats over the last several years prove it.

“He’s just so consistent – he scores fast, he takes it to the bowlers, and in a way I feel I can just relax, go about my business and try and get through the new ball.

“Anyone who’s scored 20,000 runs in first-class cricket and has as much experience as him is going to be a big loss, there’s no doubt about it. But we’ve got a good squad.

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“All of the batsmen are getting more and more experience, so it’s time for a few of us to take on greater responsibility and I think the club’s going to reap the rewards from that, in a way.”

Robson, who is currently Middlesex’s leading run-scorer in four-day cricket, was named as their player of the month for April and May earlier this week.

He received a magnum of champagne and a cheque for £1,000 from Middlesex sponsors Brooks Macdonald during the interval of Tuesday’s YB40 match against Somerset at Lord’s.