England call up Jason Roy for T20
England have named uncapped Surrey batsman Jason Roy in a 14-man squad for the one-off T20I against India at Edgbaston on September 7 although for a short while it looked as though his chance would be snatched away from him.
Roy's participation in the match was thrown into doubt when he was forced to retire hurt on Sunday morning after sustaining a blow on the right thumb while batting against Hamish Bennett for Surrey against New Zealand A.
After a lengthy stoppage - Roy removed his right glove immediately - he decided to bat on for a couple of overs before taking the decision to leave the field for further treatment. Surrey subsequently confirmed that he had left the ground for an X-ray which showed only bruising and no break, meaning he is expected to be fit for selection for England.
"I tried to bat on for a bit, but then got a bit worried about it," Roy told Surrey's website. "So I went for an X-ray to make sure I got peace of mind. It should be absolutely fine in a couple of days. A bit of ice and rest, and it should be sweet.
"This is is a huge opportunity for me. It's a dream of mine since I was a pup. I hope I can get a few runs and win a game for them."
Roy, 24, is the only player uncapped in international cricket in the squad but is joined by the recalled Tim Bresnan, Ravi Bopara and James Taylor. Bresnan has not featured in an international side since the defeat to the Netherlands that ended England's miserable World T20 campaign in Bangladesh in March, while Taylor last played for England 12 months ago in an ODI against Ireland. Bopara was a surprise omission from the squad currently contesting the ODI series against India.
With Stuart Broad, England's regular T20 captain, unavailable due to a knee injury - he undergoes surgery on September 4 - the team will be led by Eoin Morgan.
With England scheduled to play few T20Is in the coming months - they do not play another until June 2015 - this match could also be used to take a look at fringe candidates ahead of the World Cup in six months' time.
Certainly Roy, who played a prominent role in helping Surrey to T20 Finals Day this season, is an intriguing candidate for England's struggling ODI batting line-up. He was the top-scorer in the 2014 NatWest t20 Blast season, with 677 runs at an average of 48.35 and an impressive strike-rate of 157.07. He arrived in England from South Africa as a 10 year old.
There is no place in the squad for Ian Bell or Michael Carberry, who were both part of the side that contested England's last T20 match; a nine-run defeat against Sri Lanka at The Kia Oval in May. There is also no place for Luke Wright, who averaged just over 50 in scoring more than 600 runs in the group stages of the NatWest Blast, including two centuries.
"This one-off NatWest International T20 provides us with an opportunity to look at players who have impressed recently in domestic cricket and gives them a chance to test themselves on the international stage against high-quality opposition," national selector, James Whitaker, said. "I would like to wish Eoin Morgan and his squad all the very best against a strong Indian side."
England's current ODI strategy is enjoying little success. They have lost four of their five last ODI series and are 2-0 down in the series against India with two games to play. The only exception came in the Caribbean when they utilised their T20 squad ahead of the World T20.
Taylor is available to play for Notts Outlaws in the Royal London Cup semi-final on September 6 and will only join up with the squad ahead of Sunday if the semi-final concludes on Saturday and the reserve day is not needed.
Squad: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Harry Gurney, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Joe Root, Jason Roy, James Taylor, James Tredwell , Chris Woakes
George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo