Robson’s England pledge was the ‘easy’ option, says childhood pal Warner
Saturday 07 June 2014
David Warner believes Sam Robson has taken the easy option by pledging his allegiance to England rather than Australia.
The openers grew up together in the Sydney district of Paddington, where they both played for the Eastern Suburbs club.
While Warner has gone on to establish himself as Australia’s most destructive opening batsmen since Matthew Hayden, Robson has committed his future to England.
The 24-year-old Robson, whose mother is from Nottingham, moved to London in 2008 after being spotted by Middlesex and made the decision to represent his adopted country instead of Australia late last year.
Robson, who scored five centuries for England Lions in the winter while the senior team were thrashed 5-0 in the Ashes, has been rewarded with a call-up for next week’s first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord’s. “I’ve played a lot of grade cricket with Sam,” said Warner. “He played at my old club Eastern Suburbs and I know he’ll do a fantastic job for England.
“It was obviously disappointing he didn’t stay as an Australian but I think he feels he had a better chance of playing international cricket with England than he did back at home.”
If Robson establishes himself as England captain Alastair Cook’s opening partner, he is likely to face his childhood friend in next summer’s Ashes series.
“It will be quite interesting and funny,” said Warner. “It will be good to see who his parents support because Jungle Jim, his father, runs our New South Wales Indoor Centre and I know how much of a big supporter of Australian cricket he is.” Another of Robson’s former Sydney club-mates, Brad Haddin, joked: “He sounded pretty Aussie last time I saw him.”
Arsenal have no plans to stock Petr Cech inspired caps in club shops - yet
Nathaniel Clyne joins Liverpool: Transfer news live - Arda Turan decision, Petr Cech reaction, Sergio Ramos to Manchester United
Christian Benteke to Liverpool: Aston Villa striker ready to reject Tottenham
Nigel Pearson: Leicester City sack manager despite Premier League survival
Arda Turan announcement expected on Friday: Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United possible destinations
- 1 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 2 Russian officials ban yoga because it's too much like a religious cult
- 3 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 4 Ginger Pride festival to take place next summer, organisers say 'time of bullying gingers is over'
- 5 Facebook rainbow profile pictures likely being tracked by social network
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Pentagon accuses Russia of 'playing with fire' over nuclear threats towards Nato
They are neither a 'state' nor 'Islamic': Why we shouldn't call them Isis, Isil or IS