One of England’s biggest heroes in their ICC World Cup 2019 triumph was opener Jason Roy. His aggressive and dominating batting performance at the top gave England the edge and allowed them to put big scores or chase down totals with ease.
In the 8 matches that Roy played in the World Cup, he amassed 443 runs at a terrific average of 63.28 with 1 hundred and 4 fifties. In fact, in the few matches that Roy couldn’t play in the tournament due to injury, England suffered and even lost a couple of games.
28-year-old Roy, who made his ODI debut back in 2015 only, has now firmly established himself as one of the key members of the England team.
With a flair for aggressive batting and clean striking, Roy is a batsman who can make a great difference as an opener and has excelled in the shorter formats with great consistency. It is no wonder, then, that the English selectors are considering him for the longer format as well with the Ashes in mind.
Roy, who has 84 ODIs and 32 T20Is under his belt, hasn’t played a Test match yet but has been selected in England’s squad for their historic Test against Ireland later this month. It is clear that the selectors want Roy to be prepped up for the big Ashes series in August against Australia at home and are hence allowing him a chance to adjust to the format once.
“Joe Root and I spoke at length months ago about the scenario in which Jason Roy finished the World Cup confident, full of runs and went straight into the Ashes and that’s what we’ve done. It feels like a really good time for Jason to join the Test team as an opener. He’s in and has our full backing,” said England selector Ed Smith recently to the media.
Having Roy in the Tests against Australia can be a massive game-changer for England. They haven’t had an aggressive and attacking option at the top in Test cricket for a long time. Alistair Cook was solid, but was an accumulator of runs. Now with him gone, England would be eager to have someone at the top who can assert himself on the opposition. Australia, especially, would come hard at England in the Ashes. And Jason Roy might just be the perfect man to counter their bowling with his aggressive strokeplay. He can very well have the same impact that Virender Sehwag used to have for India in Test cricket.
In fact, Test cricket could well be right up Roy’s ally. The wide open spaces and no field restrictions would allow him to start fluently and he can get going then it would be difficult to stop him from getting big scores.
These are exciting times for England cricket. They have just been crowned the world champions. And now they will be playing the Ashes at home with great confidence. The likes of Roy certainly add a lot of color and vivacity to their lineup and make the team standout. If Jason Roy can succeed in the Ashes test this summer then he can well lead a new dawn for England in Test cricket as well.