Peter Handscomb tips Sam Robson for an England recall

Australia batter Peter Handscomb believes that Middlesex teammate Sam Robson would make the most of an England recall after eight years in the Test wilderness.

Australia international and Middlesex skipper Peter Handscomb has backed 32-year-old opener to earn an England recall.

Robson had a disappointing run in the England team as a young opening batter in 2014 and hasn't got a look in since, but his recent form and the failure of the incumbents to impress suggest Handscomb's notion is a sound one.

Born in Paddington, New South Wales, Robson played under-19 cricket for Australia but qualified for England in August 2013 and made his Test debut the following year in Sri Lanka.

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Robson has notched a Test hundred, and Handscomb feels he is someone who could be banked upon by England.

"I think there needs to be conversations about Sam Robson playing for England again," he told the ECB Reporters Network.

"The team looks like it's going through a restructure and Robbo has been putting it together for three or four years now. We've already seen that he can make runs opening for England."

Robson has made it clear that he would relish the opportunity to turn out for England again and believes he is a far better player than when he first entered the team's setup.

"In the first couple of years after England, maybe I thought about it a bit too much at times rather than just going out there and playing," Robson told the Cricketer earlier this year.

"It's in the back of your mind all the time - I'd be lying if I said it wasn't - but now it's not something that I really analyse or think much about. I'd love to play for England again.

"As long as I'm playing first-class cricket, that is something I'll always be striving for, regardless of whether a player's 25 or 35. I think that should always be in the back of your mind."

No limits

Now moving through his 30s, Robson hopes to continue playing cricket for as long as possible.

He cites the late-blooming careers of former Middlesex teammates Chris Rogers and Adam Voges as role models.

"Guys like that have been a bit of an inspiration," Robson added.

"Maybe that's a bit over the top, but seeing guys like that play at their best as they got older spurs me on. The more you play and the older you get, the better you get until the point where it's time to call it a day.

"I think that's been the case with me, but that doesn't always mean that's when you're going to get your opportunity. I feel in a good place, so hopefully I can carry that on."

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