Sam Robson signs Middlesex deal
Middlesex have agreed a new two-year deal with their Australia-born, England-qualified batsman Sam Robson.
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Robson, 24, shot to prominence in the summer when he enjoyed his best-ever season - scoring 1180 first-class runs at 47.20 - and was the subject of interest from both Ashes rivals.
Robson played for Australia Under-19 but never made a first-class appearance in his homeland and moved to England as an 18-year-old.
Middlsex picked him up from club cricket, gave him his debut in 2009 and are currently reaping the benefits.
England have also made their claim on the player plain by selecting him for the performance programme squad which travels Down Under this winter.
Middlesex director of cricket Angus Fraser said: "Sam's cricket has developed considerably in the last three years and he is now one of the leading top order batsmen in LV= County Championship Division One.
"This progress and quality has been recognised by England who have selected him to be involved in this winter's Performance Programme. The selection is richly deserved.
"Sam is a top bloke with a fantastic attitude. The way he plays and approaches his cricket is first-class.
"Sam is the sort of cricketer Middlesex CCC wants playing for them and hopefully he will play a leading role in the Club achieving its goal of challenging for and winning trophies.
"His progress is something Middlesex CCC are extremely proud of, and his selection this winter highlights the club's ability to produce international and potential international cricketers."
At present Robson would still be able to play for Australia but has spoken in the past about his desire to play for England.