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Robson not resting on laurels

Sam Robson speaks to ecb.co.uk about his England Performance Programme selection and the 2013 campaign

Sam Robson is determined to stay grounded and not look too far ahead despite being called up to the England Performance Programme squad.

The Middlesex opener will tour Australia, where he was born, with the EPP this winter as part of a group that shadows England’s Ashes party.

Robson’s best summer to date, which yielded 1,180 LV= County Championship runs, has left many observers tipping him for international honours.

But the 24-year-old is not willing to get too far ahead of himself having been given an insight into the pressure the spotlight brings.

“It is probably the first time it has been brought up, but I am very aware of how fickle the sport is,” he told ecb.co.uk.

“You have just got to try and stay in present and not look too far ahead. I am under no illusions that I am a long way off being able to play for England.

“I am trying not to look too far ahead but it’s given me a bit of an insight into the spotlight that comes for those that do reach that high level.”

His performances this year earned Robson’s Middlesex’s player of the year and players’ player of the year awards.

Asked which gave him more pleasure, he responded: “In some respects, probably the players’ player because you are voted by your peers. That means a lot.”

Much of Robson’s success has come in a fruitful opening partnership with Australia Test player Chris Rogers.

Speaking about his colleague at the top of the order, Robson added: “It is always good batting with Chris, who is obviously a Test player with a huge amount of experience.

“It is good to learn from him and be at the other end. He has been really (helpful) over the last couple of years.

“It’s more about seeing how he goes about things, observing his temperament and his gameplan from a cricketing perspective as much as anything else.

“He has always got advice and just listening to him and other experienced players talking about the game is beneficial.”

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