With the Ashes so wonderfully poised at 1-1 as we look forward to the fourth Test starting next Wednesday, and with England on a terrific high after their miraculous third Test win, will they want to make changes to their squad, particularly at the top of the order?
Jason Roy would have had high hopes of transferring his ODI success to the Test format when he was called up to the Test squad.
Unfortunately for him, he hasn’t enjoyed the same success in Test Cricket.
I stated before the Ashes began that Roy was going to have to adapt quickly to Test match Cricket if he wanted to succeed.
He’s had eight innings at the highest level and scored the solitary half-century, in the second innings in the only Test against Ireland earlier this summer.
His six innings’ in the Ashes have seen him average a very low 8.5. He’s only reached double figures twice, with scores of 10, 28, 0, 2, 9 & 8.
His modes of dismissals suggest he has failed to understand the difference between batting in ODI’s and Tests, as was pointed out by Nasser Hussain in commentary during the third Test.
There has since been conversations brewing that he would be better suited to batting lower down the order, at 4 or 5, and that he isn’t quite equipped to handle the new ball.
Hiding and running away from a flaw won’t fix it, if Roy truly wants to be a Test opener, running away and hiding in the middle order, where the ball is softer won’t make him a better cricketer.
It may sound harsh, but this is Test Cricket after all, it’s not meant to be for the weak, and only the strong survive.
I can understand that there is an adjustment period when you come from playing swashbuckling ODI innings’ to Test Cricket, but if you keep getting out the same way, and fail to see a correlation between those shots and low scores, even after 4 Test matches, you aren’t learning fast enough.
Players that aren’t adequately equipped to face the struggles of Test Cricket quickly get found out, and Jason Roy has been found out.
His time as a Test opener must come to an end.
England’s search for their next Test opening pair continues.