Robson proud of England call

  • Last Updated: June 5 2014, 14:35 BST

England's new Australia-born Test call-up Sam Robson insists his allegiance to his adopted country is heartfelt.

Sam Robson: Called into the England Test squad
Sam Robson: Called into the England Test squad

England's new Australia-born Test call-up Sam Robson insists his allegiance to his adopted country is heartfelt.

Robson, 24, is one of three uncapped players - all-rounders Chris Jordan and Moeen Ali are the other two - in a 12-man squad chosen for the first Investec Test against Sri Lanka next week.

He has been picked to open the batting alongside captain Alastair Cook, and can therefore be inked in already for a Test debut on his home ground at Lord's.

Robson, however, represented Australia Under-19s and committed himself to England only last winter when he was chosen for a Performance Programme tour of his native country and then a Lions trip to Sri Lanka.

He excelled on both, and has continued to impress so far this season.

Robson qualified earlier than initially anticipated to play for England, because his mother is from Nottinghamshire.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "It's very exciting news. I got the call yesterday from (national selector) James Whitaker, and it was a pretty special moment.

"I am very proud. It is a special moment I won't be forgetting."

Asked about his roots down under, he added: "I grew up in Australia until I left school but moved here when I was 18 and have lived here for my whole adult life really.

"I have been here seven years. This is my home; this is where my cricket has taken me.

"I love living in London; I love England, and this is where my life is."

Robson is renowned as a technically-correct and determined batsman for Middlesex.

"You could say I'm an old fashioned cricketer," he said.

"I have not played much T20 - that's not my forte.

"I try to get stuck in and do the hard work against the new ball and bat for as long as I can - annoying the bowlers and getting the team into a good position."