Aussie Robson may soon star for Poms

WHEN the next Ashes Test is played at Lord's in 2015, Sydney-born opener Sam Robson could be playing - for England.

Robson (pictured) qualifies to play for England next year on residency grounds and the Middlesex batsman is some prospect.

While his former Australian under-19 teammate Phil Hughes, and the rest of the Australian side struggled with the bat in the second Test at Lord's, Robson was having no such troubles.

He is now the leading run-scorer in the first division of the County Championship this season, with almost 1000 runs to his name after scoring 166 and 18 not out in the 10-wicket crushing of Sussex on Saturday.

His third century of the season included 22 boundaries and one six off England off-spinner Monty Panesar.

He has also made a 215, his highest first-class score.

Robson also proved hard to dismiss, something the Australian batsmen have not done at Lord's, by spending six-and-a-half hours at the crease in his first dig.

The 24-year-old, whose opening partner for the early part of the season was Australian top-order batsman Chris Rogers, is averaging 75 this season.

He has scored more than 3500 first-class runs, including eight centuries, since making his debut for Middlesex in 2009.

Although Robson, who rated his latest century "his best yet", played alongside Hughes and Mitchell Starc in the Australian under-19 team, he is committed to hopefully one day getting the chance to wear a blue cap with the three Lions of England on it rather than a baggy green.

"England is where it is at for me," said Robson, whose father manages the Cricket NSW Indoor Centre.

"I arrived here (London) almost as soon as I finished school. I have had opportunities to play state cricket in Australia but that would jeopardise my future with Middlesex and I cannot do that."

Australia's loss could certainly prove to be England's gain if Robson's impressive career continues to gather momentum.

Meanwhile, England was in a commanding position at the end of day three of the second Test, holding a huge lead of 566 with five wickets still in hand.

Joe Root was unbeaten on 178 while Jonny Bairstow was on 11.

Peter Siddle was the pick of Aussie bowlers with 3-65 off 21 overs.

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