Full name Tobias Skelton Roland-Jones
Born January 29, 1988, Ashford, Middlesex
Current age 28 years 311 days
Major teams England, Marylebone Cricket Club, Middlesex, Middlesex 2nd XI
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Relation Brother - OGK Roland-Jones
|First-class debut||Oxford MCCU v Middlesex at Oxford, May 25-27, 2010 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Middlesex v Yorkshire at Lord's, Sep 20-23, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||Northamptonshire v Middlesex at Northampton, Apr 25, 2010 scorecard|
|Last List A||United Arab Emirates v England Lions at Dubai (DSC), Dec 1, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Kent v Middlesex at Canterbury, Jun 18, 2011 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Northamptonshire v Middlesex at Northampton, Aug 9, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1/36||Eng Lions||v U.A.E.||Dubai (DSC)||1 Dec 2016||LA|
|7, 4/73, 6/54||Middlesex||v Yorkshire||Lord's||20 Sep 2016||FC|
|17, 4/54, 12, 0/20||Middlesex||v Lancashire||Manchester||12 Sep 2016||FC|
|1/59, 17, 2/49||Middlesex||v Notts||Nottingham||6 Sep 2016||FC|
|12, 1/33, 21, 1/16||Middlesex||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||31 Aug 2016||FC|
|0/62, 66, 0/70||Middlesex||v Durham||Lord's||13 Aug 2016||FC|
|2, 2/24||Middlesex||v Northants||Northampton||9 Aug 2016||T20|
|2/118, 7, 3/44||Middlesex||v Surrey||Lord's||4 Aug 2016||FC|
|1, 1/27||Middlesex||v Surrey||Lord's||2 Aug 2016||LA|
|5, 4/40||Middlesex||v Essex||Lord's||31 Jul 2016||LA|
Toby Roland-Jones claimed his place in the annals of Middlesex CCC when his hat-trick against Yorkshire at Lord's completed a Middlesex victory in the last session of the 2016 season and brought them their first Championship for 23 years. When Middlesex had last won the title, Angus Fraser, their director of cricket, was a redoubtable seam bowler of similar style, making Roland-Jones' intervention a perfect climax.
Roland-Jones is a tall, strong seam bowler who hails from Ashford in Middlesex. He has a repeatable action and can maintain good economy over long spells at speeds approaching the mid-80s. It was enough, at 28, to attract England's call-up to the squad ahead of the Lord's Test against Pakistan, although he failed to win a place in the final X1, so denying England its first double-barrelled cricketer since Norman 'Mandy' Mitchell-Innes, who made a single Test appearance, against South Africa in 1935.
After failing to win a contract with Surrey, who he represented in second eleven cricket, Roland-Jones crossed the river to take 36 first-class wickets at 19.11 in his debut season for Middlesex in 2010. His potential had been spotted by Fraser whilst playing for Leeds & Bradford University in the Universities final at Lord's the previous year. By the start of 2014, he was considered to be an outsider for England selection and won Lions recognition. His struggled a little in 2014, but against Northamptonshire in May, Roland-Jones produced an impressive performance: he took a career best 6-55 in the first innings, promptly eclipsed it with 6-50 in the second, and thumped 60 off 30 balls for good measure.
A maiden Championship hundred in 2015 was also quite something. Roland-Jones observed Yorkshire's deserved status as newly-crowned county champions and treated it with unexpected disdain as he summoned a freewheeling first-class century which belied his position at No. 10 in Middlesex's batting order.
Yorkshire clearly inspired him to the heights. It was a quickfire 79 and three wickets in the second innings to help Middlesex to victory over Yorkshire that brought him his maiden call-up to England's Test squad for the first Test against Pakistan in July 2016. He finished 2016 with 54 wickets, following 48 and 43 in the previous two seasons, figures which hardly screamed to England "pick me" but which combined with his dangerous lower middle-order hitting were proof of his immense usefulness to his county.
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