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Toby Roland-Jones

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Toby Roland-Jones
INTL CAREER: 2017 - 2017
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Full Name

Tobias Skelton Roland-Jones

Born

January 29, 1988, Ashford, Middlesex

Age

36y 86d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Medium fast

Playing Role

Bowler

RELATIONS

Toby Roland-Jones, a throwback to a traditional English seamer, made a startling entry into Test cricket, at 29, when he removed South Africa's top four with his first 33 balls in Test cricket. Roland-Jones dismissed Dean Elgar, Heino Kuhn, Quinton de Kock and, the best of the lot, Hashim Amla, who had made 311 not out in his last Test on this ground, and who was beaten by a leaping delivery. Roland-Jones went on to take five wickets in the innings and eight in the match, the best start to an England bowler's Test career since 2003 when James Kirtley took 8 for 113 against South Africa..

Roland-Jones took 17 wickets at 19.64 in his maiden Test summer, his four Tests showcasing the virtues he had long shown on the county circuit. There were no explosive changes of pace, or showy deliveries, just persistence around off stump around 82/83mph and the ability to move the ball. Some suspected he was an English specialist, but an Ashes tour was assured, only for him to lose the opportunity when he pulled up during a Championship match against Lancashire and was diagnosed with a stress fracture to his lower back with only a week of the season remaining. Even worse followed with a failed comeback for Middlesex early in 2018 which ruled him out of the rest of the season. Injuries plagued his subsequent years, with further back and shoulder issues, plus a knee cartilage injury that took four months out of his 2021 season. However, his value to Middlesex remained undiminished, even into his mid-30s, with the club unveiling him as their red-ball captain ahead of the 2023 county season.

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, and it was his cruel misfortune that his breakthrough year in 2017 would coincide with his body letting him down.
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Toby Roland-Jones Career Stats

Bowling

FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Tests48536334175/578/12919.643.7331.5010
ODIs11423411/341/3434.004.8542.0000
FC14725325749133455307/5212/10525.173.1048.530255
List A7978367131811264/104/1025.245.1929.1400
T20s616012121779745/215/2124.048.8016.3410

Batting & Fielding

FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Tests462822520.5011869.490010300
ODIs1113737*-37100.00005100
FC147207383666103*21.69621359.0011446459400
List A7947156846521.3771995.13015319130
T20s6136133264014.17262124.42002312180
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Recent Matches of Toby Roland-Jones

MatchBatBowlDateGroundFormat
Middlesex vs Yorkshire303/49 & 3/7819-Apr-2024Lord'sFC
Middlesex vs Northants--2/8112-Apr-2024NorthamptonFC
Middlesex vs Glamorgan200/7705-Apr-2024Lord'sFC
Middlesex vs Notts21/63 & 0/1626-Sep-2023NottinghamFC
Middlesex vs Lancashire260/3310-Sep-2023ManchesterFC

Photos of Toby Roland-Jones

Toby Roland-Jones leads his players out for the pre-season photo shoot
Toby Roland-Jones claimed a five-for on the second morning
Toby Roland-Jones roars with delight after dismissing Colin Ackermann
Toby Roland-Jones finished the innings with a five-for
Toby Roland-Jones has started the season brightly
Toby Roland-Jones celebrates a wicket,