Sam Robson batting for England vs India at Trent Bridge in 2014
“Joe Root’s greatest strength is that he is aggressive and always looking to get on top yet has an excellent technique which allows him to stay in”
After some good seasons for Middlesex recently you can’t have been too far off selection for England again yourself?
After England lost 5 -0 last time they visited Australia, most pundits are tipping Australia to win again. How do you think this series will play out and what do you think England will have to do well if they are to have some success?
Who do you see as being key men in each team and what do you see as the key battles throughout the series?
You nearly had three Middlesex CCC teammates in the England squad – it’s a real shame that Toby Roland-Jones and Steven Finn were injured and won’t play a part in the series. That just leaves Dawid Malan (an ex-teammate of mine also), how do you think he’ll cope on the Australian wickets and with the Aussie crowd giving him a bit?
Robbo celebrating a hundred for Middlesex CCC
You played a lot of your junior cricket with Steve Smith, did you ever think he’d become as good as he is now? What do you think it is about Steve that makes him so successful?
Having played the 7 tests with Root, Anderson, Broad etc what is it about them that separates them from an average first-class cricketer?
With all the wickets that Broad and Anderson have taken they are clearly both outstanding bowlers. Anderson’s skills especially swinging the ball around both ways to go with great accuracy stood out and his fitness and strength as often he would still be bowling full pelt and at his best even late in test matches when the match was on the line. With Root, I think his greatest strength is that he is very aggressive and always looking to get on top yet still has an excellent technique which allows him to stay in and get though tough periods, something that is especially crucial in England , where the ball swings and seams far more than anywhere else in the world.
You’re currently back in Sydney where your parents live, where are you at with your own cricket at the moment?
About the writer: Sam Robson is a 28 year old opening batsman for Middlesex County Cricket Club. He has played 128 First-class matches and has an average just under 40. After a number of dominant seasons in county cricket, Sam was selected to open the batting with Alistair Cook for the England Test team for their home series in 2014. He played two Tests against Sri Lanka and 5 Tests against India and scored 127 in his second Test match. In the Australian summer last year, Sam dominated grade cricket in Sydney where he scored 792 runs at an average of 88. Click here to view Sam’s stats.
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