Sep 6 2011 By Jon Batham
IT’S not every day you get to bat with Andrew Strauss.
But for Middlesex opener Sam Robson the experience was both ‘Awesome’ and an education last week.
The Aussie-born 22-year-old had the perfect view as he furthered his learning in the art of opening in a record opening partnership against Leicester of 231 with the England captain in Middlesex’s 10-wicket win
over Leicestershire at Lord’s.
It was a win which put the Lord’s tenants on top of Division Two ahead of the start of today’s four-day game with Glamorgan at the Swalec Stadium today (Wednesday).
And though his lesson was cut short by a bang in the face courtesy of a Nathan Buck bouncer – shortly after he himself had made a century - Robson revelled in his chance to learn from one of the best.
He said: “It was good to get 100 at Lord’s and great to have a few hours in the middle with Andrew Strauss, which was an awesome experience.
“The biggest thing about Andrew is he is very level and relaxed and doesn’t let anything really get to him.
“He just stays in the moment and if a bloke bowls a good spell or there is a play and miss he just moves on and doesn’t get worried or flustered.
“There is just a sense of calmness at the crease all the time regardless of what is going on around him.”
It is a mark of Robson’s meteoric rise this season – 786 runs at an average of 65.5 – that he was not the man to make way for one of Strauss’ rare appearances for the county as has happened in times past.
The right-hander has made no secret of his England ambitions and would love the boot to be on the other foot one day with him batting with Middlesex’s latest up and coming talent.
But he is in no hurry, already showing signs Strauss’ level headed outlook is rubbing off on him.
He added: “Every cricketer in the world wants to move forward and play international cricket. I think you would be pretty unique if you didn’t want to or didn’t have the ambition to move forward. But I’m not taking anything for granted. I’ve been very pleased with my season so far, where it has been good to have a runs in the side and score a few runs, but I’ve only played about 20 first-class games overall in my career so far.
So it is just a start – nothing more and nothing less - I’ve just got to keep putting performances on the board and doing well for Middlesex.”