The ICC Cricket World Cup hero will join the English one-off Test team.
Jason Roy will join England’s team for a one-off match against Ireland next week. His excellent form and performance have given him a slot to play in the four-day Test at Lord’s which will begin on July 24.
Chief selector Ed Smith prioritizes picking players based on their ODI performance, hence Roy was the best option; it is also an attempt to ‘patch-up’ the top-order problem that has been haunting them. Although Roy has mainly batted for Surrey in the middle order in Championship cricket of late, he is set to bat in the top three against Ireland.
Roy is likely to be their opener, as he usually is in limited-overs cricket along with his county teammate Roy Burns. Joe Denly is placed in the third position but this isn’t set in stone. Whatever the positions may be, Roy will open at first position while Joe Root will bat in the fourth position. Somerset fast-bowler Lewis Gregory has also been called up for the first time as was Olly Stone. He was part of the Test team previously.
James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, and Sam Curran have also been selected to play for the team. Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler have both been rested while Mark Wood and Jofra Archer weren’t considered for selection. Wood is recovering from a side strain he suffered in the ICC Cricket World Cup final against New Zealand and is expected to be out from four to six weeks.
The one-off Test match against Ireland will serve as England's 'batting practice' to see how they will fare when they face Australia in The Ashes. To find out more about the different cricket leagues, visit Betwala's page.
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