India in England 2014

England call up Jason Roy for T20

George Dobell

August 31, 2014

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'I got a bit worried, but I'll be fine' - Roy


Jason Roy helped steady the Lions with 42, England Lions v New Zealand A, Tri-series, Bristol, August 8, 2014
Jason Roy was the top-scorer in the 2014 Natwest t20 Blast with 677 runs and a strike rate of 157.07 © Getty Images
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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

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Posted by JG2704 on (September 2, 2014, 8:59 GMT)

@R_U_4_REAL_NICK /CodandChips - I'm certainly not championing the inclusion of either Ali or Bresnan. I just feel it's a much better option right now than Okes or Jordan. Ali adds another slow option which I prefer and re Bres the memories are painful but they are more distant than those of Okes and Jordan

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (September 1, 2014, 13:25 GMT)

@R_U_4_REAL_NICK, I think there is too much emphasis put on the 'mystery' bowler, in the case of a Malinga, his low arm round arm action will make it difficult to pickup the ball, especially when its over the wicket. I haven't seen much of narine but again I expect he'll be found out especially in Oz.

In T20's its all about batsmen not bowlers, bowlers need to learn to be able to bowl full fast Yorkers which is contrary to FC thinking bowling.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (September 1, 2014, 12:45 GMT)

@JG2704 (post on August 31, 2014, 21:12 GMT): Meh, fair enough - that's me told, and it is just a home T20 game. I like Bresnan and think he still deserves further runs in tests. Short-formats... O.K. he's ahead of others, agreed; but we're just missing something in the teams and I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe a Malinga or a Maxwell or a Narine... "Keep dreaming" you and others might say, but are we REALLY star-performer deprived?

Posted by Juiceoftheapple on (September 1, 2014, 12:14 GMT)

Wow, England play a team that might post a good one day score shocker!

Posted by CodandChips on (September 1, 2014, 11:59 GMT)

@siltbreeze @JG2704 Yeah I am being harsh on Ali. His ODI appearences weren't too bad. I grouped his white-ball appearences together when perhaps I shouldn't. felt he was just getting worse batting and bowling the more he played in white-ball cricket. But he was underused as a bowler, and is much improved. And if I'm arguing that players like Taylor, Hales etc should get extended runs in the side to prove their worth and be given a chance to settle, I really ought to say the same about Ali.

Though he has improved his spin, is he going to be effective in ODIs and T2OIs. Maybe so. But maybe a white-ball specialist spinner would be a better option, and although they hardly played well, I think Briggs and Parry were dropped prematurely.

Posted by pitch_curator on (September 1, 2014, 10:48 GMT)

Good player and I hope the Indians have seen him play in the T20 blast. Plays very well against millitary medium pacers. Need to bowl spin to him early in the powerplay and send him back to the hut. I dont think he would have played spin of this quality before.

Posted by siltbreeze on (September 1, 2014, 10:47 GMT)

@CodandChips - That's extremely harsh on Ali. He's played just 3 ODIs and the bare stats are pretty good. Give the man a chance. As a naturally attacking batsman and rapidly improving bowler he's a very useful short format player. You need two good spin options in T20 and as an all-round package he's better than anyone else we have (Patel, Briggs, Parry etc).

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (September 1, 2014, 9:53 GMT)

Nice and young England team with bubbling enthu. All the best

Posted by android_user on (September 1, 2014, 9:19 GMT)

Good call..

Posted by anver777 on (September 1, 2014, 8:18 GMT)

Hard hitting all rounder Tim Bresnan is a good addition to the squad along with in form T20 specialist Luke Wright !!!! its gonna be a very tough game for ENG against the IND's mighty T20 team !!!!

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