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Robson hits Lord's century

Sam Robson pressed his England Test claims with an unbeaten 144 as Middlesex took control against Nottinghamshire.

Australia-born Robson racked up 19 fours in his 278-ball innings as he spent nearly six hours at the Lord's crease on the second day of County Championship Division One action.

Fellow England hopeful Steven Finn did his international chances no harm when he removed Andy Carter in the fourth over of the day and ended the innings with figures of five for 91.

Eoin Morgan also posted 86 in a 203-run stand with Robson as the Middlesex trio gave the international selectors a nudge ahead of the summer Tests against India and Sri Lanka.

The hosts closed on 296 for four, trailing by 30, in response to Nottinghamshire's 326.

Former Australia Under-19s opener Robson has been tipped for a full England Test call-up this summer after qualifying through residency.

The 24-year-old has worked his way through the Middlesex ranks after swapping Sydney for London when leaving school.

Robson fired five centuries in winter tours to Australia with the England Performance Programme and Sri Lanka with England Lions.

After a disastrous County Championship opener against Sussex, Robson has quickly hit back to century-making form, with Morgan posting his first meaningful score of the season to boot.

Middlesex slumped to defeat by an innings and 127 runs at Sussex to start their season in shambolic fashion.

Now Robson and Morgan have handed Angus Fraser's side the platform to bounce back at the first opportunity.

Notts resumed on 315 for eight but Carter was soon snared by Finn as he found Dawid Malan in the slips and Tim Murtagh wrapped up the innings when he removed Luke Fletcher, who was caught by Chris Rogers at long-off.

Rogers, who suggested at the weekend that he may retire after next summer, was the first to fall in reply for as Samit Patel claimed a catch off the bowling of Fletcher.

And when Fletcher had his second wicket four balls later, Malan caught behind without troubling the scorers, Middlesex found themselves at 19 for two.

But that brought Robson and Morgan together and they set about building their magnificent partnership before Harry Gurney got the latter to bring a diving catch from Read.

Adam Rossington added eight before he was trapped leg before by Carter, with Middlesex at 237 for four.

Fletcher and Patel then managed to pin down new batsman John Simpson and Robson with a miserly spell, only for the duo to see out the day with an unbeaten partnership of 59 denying the visitors any further breakthrough.