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Morgan: Robson must open

Sam Robson should open the batting for England alongside Alastair Cook in the first Test with Sri Lanka, according to Eoin Morgan.

Morgan believes his Middlesex team-mate has done enough to be given his debut after a stellar past 12 months for his county and England Lions.

The likes of Michael Carberry, Joe Root, Nick Compton and Varun Chopra are potentially all in the frame along with Robson, who had a fine 2013 with his county, then shone for the Lions on their winter tours of Australia and Sri Lanka.

The Australia-born opener - who has decided he wants to play for England rather than the country of his birth - has started the 2014 county season well too, scoring a big century last week.

Morgan missed most of last season, away at the IPL or injured, and last week he batted for the first time with the 24-year-old opener. And the pair shared a double-century stand against a Nottinghamshire attack boasting Australia Test star Peter Siddle.

The Irishman liked what he saw: "It's the first time I've ever batted with him, and it was brilliant.

"I thoroughly enjoyed watching him play. He led our innings from start to finish and was the backbone. I was very impressed by him.

"He was very calm at the crease, knew his game inside-out - and his ruthlessness in just wanting to score runs was very impressive.

"I think he has scored a lot of runs and has proved himself that he is in a good enough position to take his place. If I was picking the (England) team tomorrow, I would pick him."