Jason Roy Played A Brainless Shot In 2nd Innings, England Should Move Him Down The Order: Geoffrey Boycott
Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott has come down hard on England opener Jason Roy, who failed to leave an impact on his Ashes debut recently. After his success against Ireland on his Test debut, Roy was expected to continue his form but the right-handed batsman managed scores of 10 and 28 respectively in two innings of the opening Ashes Test.
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The way in which he got out in England’s second innings raised many eyebrows as his patience finally gave up and he jumped down the track to hit a big shot off Nathan Lyon. Boycott criticised Roy for his shot selection as well and asked for a demotion for Roy in the batting order.
“Jason Roy is the latest in a long list of openers tried since Andrew Strauss and if England do not move him down the order, he will go the same way as the rest and be dropped,” Boycott wrote for The Telegraph.
“In the second innings he played a brainless shot. He defended well, then suddenly jumped down the pitch to drive through the off side against the ball turning back at him and was bowled through the gate. I don’t think he has the mindset to defend and stay in over a long period,” he added.
Jason Roy is considered to be a white-ball specialist and was tested out in the Ireland Test after England ran out of openers. Like has been the case since Andre Strauss’ retirement, The Three Lions might try out another opener should Roy fail to deliver in the ongoing Test series.
Although, as has been the case in past, Roy, along with Rory Burns, is expected to be given full series to present a case for himself. Burns had scored a ton on his Ashes debut but failed in the second innings.
England slumped to a 251-run defeat in the Ashes opener. The home side gained a lead of 90 over Australia after two innings in the match. Steve Smith scored a century in the second innings as well, steering ‘Kangaroos’ to a total of 487/7.
The home side had a tough task to survive a little more than a day to draw or score 398 runs to win the Test. On a turner, Nathan Lyon scalped a six-fer to bowl England out on a score of 146. Pat Cummins assisted him well with a four-fer.
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The second Ashes Test kicks off on August 14. England will be without the services of James Anderson, who has been ruled out due to a calf injury.