<br /> <div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Ashes 2013-14: England pick Australian-born Sam Robson as backup" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130924085626.jpg" title="Ashes 2013-14: England pick Australian-born Sam Robson as backup" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Sam Robson plays for Middlesex since 2009. His selection in the England Performance squad has affected Australia's chances of including Robson in their set-up © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Sep 24, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> England electors have picked Australian-born <a href="/tags/Sam-Robson/post" target="_blank">Sam Robson</a> as a backup player for the upcoming <a href="/tags/The-Ashes-2013-14/post" target="_blank">2013-14 Ashes</a>. Robson was included in the performance squad and is in contention for a national call-up for the first time since he started representing Middlesex since 2009.<br /> <br /> Both Cricket Australia (CA) and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) were <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Australia-fight-England-to-lure-batsman-Sam-Robson-Reports/29996" target="_blank">trying to woo the right-handed batsman</a>. According to an <em>Australian Associated Press</em> report, Australia’s unsettled batting line-up had prompted the selectors to coax Robson to play the Under-19s for New South Wales (NSW). They even relaxed their domestic qualifications regulations to accommodate the batsman, allowing players with dual nationalities to appear for more than one country.<br /> <br /> Robson had moved to County cricket after his attempts in the junior levels of NSW weren’t productive. He is the second-highest scorer in Division One of this year’s County Championship with 1,180 runs.<br /> <br /> Robson will tour Australia with the England Performance squad along with the Ashes squad ahead of the first Test at the Gabba in Brisbane on <span data-term="goog_269597755" tabindex="0">November 21</span>.