Robson has familiar aim

  • Last Updated: June 27 2014, 16:33 BST

Leicestershire's Angus Robson is hoping to give himself a familiarly tricky decision to make one day, by continuing to pile up the runs - starting against India.

 Angus Robson: Saw his brother in action at Headingley last week
Angus Robson: Saw his brother in action at Headingley last week

Robson's brother Sam, two years his senior at 24 and like him Australia-born but a British passport holder, chose England over his native country when they gave him a chance to play Test cricket - and made it count with a maiden century against Sri Lanka at Headingley last weekend.

Angus, who has a string of 50s to his name for Leicestershire this season but no hundred, is wasting no energy yet stressing over the same dilemma.

Yet if he can consolidate on the start he has made at Grace Road, where India's warm-up match suffered a middle-day washout, he may eventually have to pick an allegiance.

India's bowlers were frustrated by heavy rain, after their batsmen posted 333 for four declared on day one.

But an improved weather forecast suggests both India and Robson - at the top of the order for the Foxes - will have an opportunity to impress, with 98 overs scheduled for Saturday.

Robson made 75 and 81 in a 10-wicket defeat against Surrey at The Oval, having watched the early stages of his brother's hundred alongside mum and dad - Rosamunde and Jim - in the Leeds crowd.

Asked about choosing between England and Australia himself, he said: "If I keep doing well, which I hope I do, maybe in another few years I might be closer to having to make a decision like that.

"I suppose it's good I've got him (Sam) to talk to if anything like that ever does come up."

In the meantime, his brother's success is a personal inspiration to try to follow the same career trajectory.

He added: "Absolutely. It's obviously a long way off for me at the moment.

"When you see it at such close distance, it only makes you more determined to do well. Maybe, one day ..."

Robson was 200 miles south in London by the time his older brother completed his century against Sri Lanka.

"I went (to Headingley), and watched day one with mum and dad - and he was 20 not out at the close," he said.

"Next day, we had to travel to The Oval - so I left when he was about 50 not out at lunch.

"I got to The Oval when he was 98 at tea. So then I saw him get a hundred, in the dressing room on television."

The car journey down was spent listening to ball-by-ball radio updates.

"I drove down with one of the other players, Greg Smith, and we listened to Geoff Boycott and all the commentators all the way there," said Robson, who nominates his father as the most excited of the clan over Sam's exploits.

"I think dad thinks it's his century.

"It was massive, and I'm very proud. You don't really ever imagine it happening."

India's batsmen ran into little that was unexpected in Leicester, although opener Shikhar Dhawan was hit on the elbow by rookie seamer Atif Sheikh on Thursday.

He immediately retired hurt, but was showing no ill-effects back in the indoor nets the next day.

Nonetheless, Robson gave a little extra credence to the notion pacy left-armer Sheikh might have sown a few doubts for India.

He said: "He bowled very quick, and you know you're doing something right when you're shaking up a few of the best players in the world.

"It was a great opportunity for him, and I think he put a little bit of fear into them."