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World Cup hero Jason Roy set to make Test debut against Ireland

Jason Roy, one of the prime performers of World Cup 2019, is set to make Test debut against Ireland.



World Cup hero Jason Roy set to make Test debut against Ireland
Roy is rewarded for his fine performance in world cup. Photo: AP

Jason Roy, one of the prime performers of England in the just completed World Cup 2019 is all set to make Test debut against Ireland next week.

The ECB, on Wednesday, has announced the 13-men squad for the one-off Test against Ireland at the Lord’s that included the 28-year old right handed batsman.

England chairman of selectors Ed Smith put total trust upon Roy. He told Sky Sports after the selection, “We have total confidence he will be able to adapt to red-ball cricket.”

Roy piled up 443 runs in England’s triumphant 50-overs World Cup campaign. He is supposed to open the batting with his Surrey teammate Rory Burns.

Any impressive performance might lead him to be selected for the prestigious Ashes starting on 1st of August.

All-rounder Lewis Gregory has also earned a call-up for the first time along with fast bowler Olly Stone who recovered from injury incurred earlier this year.

On the other hand, despite having a calf injury, England’s leading wicket-taker James Anderson has also been included in the squad.

On the other end, wicket keeper Jos Buttler and World Cup man of the final Ben Stokes were rested for this particular Test although both are part of the 16-man pre-Ashes training camp.

Mark Wood and Jofra Archer are out of selection as both of them are suffering with side strains.

It can be noted that Wood has been ruled out for approximately four to six weeks.

About the condition of Archer, an ECB statement read, “Archer will have a period of rest before being considered for selection during the Specsavers Ashes Test Series. He will have a short break in Barbados before returning to the UK later this month.”

England Squad

Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wicket-keeper), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Lewis Gregory, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes.

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