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Robinson talks up Lions

Mark Robinson has spoken of the hunger among his England Lions players to force their way into the senior side.

The Sussex coach is overseeing the second-string’s tour of Sri Lanka, which has begun with a victory over the home A side in the first of three ‘Tests’.

There have been an array of fine performances across that victory and Robinson knows all too well that his troops are determined to catch the eye of the selectors.

“You have some hungry players and some very honest players here, which is always a good start,” he told ecb.co.uk.

“I am just trying to tell them to concentrate on the game, the session or the battle they’re in now and the rest will take care of itself.

“There is some great talent here, some good prospects and these players need to just build on what they do here and take it into the county season step by step.”

For Robinson, the experience of leading the Lions is very new and he is loving every minute of it.

“It was strange initially because you’re a little bit out of your comfort zone,” he admitted.

“It’s a new experience for me; you’ve obviously got the support staff and a different remit and you’re starting afresh with a brand new group of players.

“So it was strange but I am really enjoying it. It has been a great learning curve. I have a fantastic support team who I’ve learnt off and you learn off the players as well.

“So far, touch wood, it’s been really rewarding.”

Robinson has particularly enjoyed how quickly the players have taken to their new surroundings.

“They have been really good,” he added. “It’s obviously a goal right from the beginning to try and bring different players from different counties, who have had different experiences, together for five weeks.

“They have been brilliant; they have worked really hard, gelled and responded just how we have wanted them to.”

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