Full name Jason Jonathan Roy
Born July 21, 1990, Durban, South Africa
Current age 25 years 345 days
Major teams England, Chittagong Kings, England Lions, Surrey, Surrey 2nd XI
Playing role Middle-order batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
|ODI debut||Ireland v England at Dublin (Malahide), May 8, 2015 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v Sri Lanka at The Oval, Jun 29, 2016 scorecard|
|T20I debut||England v India at Birmingham, Sep 7, 2014 scorecard|
|Last T20I||England v West Indies at Kolkata, Apr 3, 2016 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Leicestershire v Surrey at Leicester, Aug 24-27, 2010 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Lancashire v Surrey at Manchester, May 22-24, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||Surrey v Yorkshire at Guildford, Jul 20, 2008 scorecard|
|Last List A||England v Sri Lanka at The Oval, Jun 29, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Surrey v Middlesex at The Oval, Jun 27, 2008 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Surrey v Middlesex at The Oval, Jun 17, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|162||England||v Sri Lanka||The Oval||29 Jun 2016||ODI # 3757|
|5*||England||v Sri Lanka||Bristol||26 Jun 2016||ODI # 3755|
|112*||England||v Sri Lanka||Birmingham||24 Jun 2016||ODI # 3753|
|3||England||v Sri Lanka||Nottingham||21 Jun 2016||ODI # 3751|
|35||Surrey||v Middlesex||The Oval||17 Jun 2016||T20|
|29||Surrey||v Hampshire||Southampton||15 Jun 2016||LA|
|32||Surrey||v Sussex||Guildford||14 Jun 2016||LA|
|28||Surrey||v Somerset||Taunton||10 Jun 2016||T20|
|9||Surrey||v Hampshire||The Oval||9 Jun 2016||T20|
|46||Surrey||v Somerset||The Oval||8 Jun 2016||LA|
In 2014, Jason Roy made the leap from a prodigiously talented but erratic young cricketer to a consistent match-winner. The transformation was particularly evident in the NatWest T20 Blast, where he struck 677 runs at 48.35 apiece - the highest tally in the competition. England's T20 competition had undeniably produced an exciting batsman of international quality. Roy's uncomplicated clean-striking became as much a feature of Friday nights at The Oval as the beer-snakes and streakers. With his swagger, breathtaking power down the ground and penchant for switch-hitting - not to mention the fact he was born in South Africa - he was frequently compared to Kevin Pietersen, not least by Pietersen himself.
By the summer's end, he was rewarded with a T20 international debut against India and in 2015 he became a fixture in England's limited-overs formats, building on a couple of promising 60s against Australia with a maiden ODI ton against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, an innings that was rarely fluent - and that was entirely overshadowed by Jos Buttler's dash to his own hundred in record time - but one that provided proof of a growing survival mentality.
Born in South Africa, Roy came to the UK aged 10 and soon started to move through the system. He was a hugely successful schoolboy cricketer for Whitgift, which has produced many Surrey players in recent years, and made his Surrey debut as a 17-year-old in 2008 during the Twenty20 Cup and his fielding talents were noticed by England, who used him as a sub later that summer against South Africa. Despite consistent performances in the Surrey 2nd XI it wasn't until 2010 that he broke into the first team again. He promptly thumped 101 off 57 balls against Kent at Beckenham, Surrey's first T20 hundred. Later in the summer he struck an unbeaten 76 from 65 balls against Leicestershire on Championship debut. England's selectors gave him a place on the Performance Programme tour to India before the England Lions tour to Sri Lanka in early 2012.
Roy's obvious ability in the shorter formats led to him twice winning T20 contracts in the Bangladesh Premier League but he struggled to build on a quietly impressive role in Surrey's 2011 promotion campaign, when he made his maiden first-class hundred. In 2013, he made two YB40 centuries - doubling his List A tally - but struggled badly in Championship cricket, scoring just 49 runs in seven innings. But after working hard on pacing his innings in four-day cricket, Roy blossomed in Championship cricket in 2014, hitting 1078 runs - the highest at the club, at an average of 50-plus without reigning in his destructiveness: his strike rate was still 84. He also averaged 47.65 in the Championship in a promotion year in 2015, his strike rate even higher. His brilliance for Surrey in T20 cricket in 2014 did not achieve the same levels the following summer - how could it? - but a destructive hundred against Somerset was a reminder of his unfettered talent.
He understands the Indian mentality better and doesn't have to deal with star players on the wane