England opener Jason Roy continued his poor run with the bat in the longest format of the game. Playing his sixth innings in Ashes 2019 on Saturday, Roy was dismissed on just 7 off 21, to register yet another disappointment with the bat.
The 29-year-old seemed to be unimpressed with his dismissal and delivered an F-bomb on his way back to the pavilion, which was caught on the broadcaster’s camera, that showed his frustrations over his failures with the bat in Tests.
Jason Roy has played four* Test matches so far in which he has scored 134 runs in eight innings that see his average being just above 16. It isn’t the best considering the promise he delivered on his Test debut against Ireland, where he scored 5 and 72. Since that, Roy’s scoreline reads 10, 28, 0, 2, 9 and 7 in next six innings.
While England are known to give a long run to their players, especially openers, Jason Roy could be axed from the team should England fail to level the series in the ongoing third Test.
Roy was called into the Test side following a great run in white-ball cricket, especially World Cup 2019. He was tipped so solve England’s opening woes but his poor run will now see the selectors looking at other options.
They might ask Joe Denly to open the innings and slot in Ollie Pope in the middle-order or in another scenario, England can call-up an uncapped player from county cricket. The result of the third Test will have a huge say in deciding Roy’s Test future.
England are 203 runs away from the target with seven wickets in hand. After losing both the openers for 15, skipper Joe Root and Denly shared 126 runs for the third wicket to steer the score ahead.
At stumps, Root and Ben Stokes were on 75* and 2* respectively and will hope to do the job with on day 4. Australia have an onerous task to get the remainder of seven wickets to ensure a win and retain the Ashes.