Robson pledges allegiance to adopted England

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The Australian-born Sam Robson basked in "a pretty special moment" after being named in England's squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord's next week.

The Australian-born Sam Robson basked in "a pretty special moment" after being named in England's squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord's next week.

Robson has been included a new-look 12-man party that also features the uncapped Chris Jordan and Moeen Ali, while all-rounder Chris Woakes and fast bowler Liam Plunkett have been recalled.

All-rounder Ben Stokes, wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow, leg-spinner Scott Borthwick, fast bowler Boyd Rankin, the exiled Kevin Pietersen and opener Michael Carberry have been omitted.

"It's very exciting news. I got the call from national selector James Whitaker. I am very proud. It is a special moment I won't be forgetting," the 24-year-old Robson told <i>BBC Radio 5 Live</i>.

The right-handed Robson has enjoyed a fine stretch of form in Division One of the County Championship this season, gathering 593 runs in 13 innings at the impressive average of 59.30, including a highest score of 241 not out.

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

Born in Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales, Robson reiterated a burning desire to represent a country adapted more than six years ago.

"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," he concluded.

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