Australia relax rule to make play for Sam Robson

Sam Robson, whose mother hails from the English city of Nottingham, previously could not be chosen for New South Wales as a domestic player because although born in Australia, he played county cricket on a British passport.

updated: August 16, 2013 16:02 IST
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Sydney: Cricket Australia cleared the way on Friday for prolific Middlesex opener Sam Robson to play in the Sheffield Shield, as they bid to keep him out of the clutches of oldest rivals England.

CA announced changes to the rule governing the eligibility of Australian players with dual passports to play in more than one (ICC full-member) domestic competition, particularly England.

Sydney-born Robson, 24, is the leading run-scorer in the English County Championship this season with Middlesex and the focus of an "Ashes-themed tug of war", according to reports.

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