England's Ian Bell looks at his bat after he is clean bowled by Sri Lanka's Shaminda Eranga on the fourth day of the first Test cricket match between England and Sri Lanka at Lord's cricket ground in London. Photo: Alastair Grant


London - Australia-born Sam Robson fell for 19 in the second innings of his England debut in the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord's on Sunday.

The opener, on his Middlesex home ground, had been in for over an hour when he was late pushing forward uncertainly to Sri Lanka seamer Shaminda Eranga and was bowled off the inside edge by a delivery that nipped back after he'd left a significant gap between bat and pad.

Robson faced 50 balls and struck two fours.

His exit meant Robson's first Test had seen him score just 20 runs in total after he was caught behind for one off Nuwan Pradeep in England's first innings 575 for nine declared.

Robson's dismissal on Sunday left England 51 for two, an overall lead of 173 in the first of a two-match series.

Previously, Eranga also had England captain Alastair Cook caught behind for 28 as he removed both openers in a burst of two wickets for one run in 10 balls.

The 24-year-old Sydney-born Robson, the son of an English mother, was selected for a Test debut after England dropped Michael Carberry following their 5-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia,

Although there was some controversy regarding his decision to opt for England, Robson said last week when the squad was announced that he felt no conflict of loyalties.

“I grew up in Australia until I left school but moved here when I was 18 and have lived here for my whole adult life really,” Robson told BBC Radio.

“This is my home; this is where my cricket has taken me.

“I love living in London; I love England, and this is where my life is,” he insisted. - Sapa-AFP