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Burns backs Roy to excel in Test cricket
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Burns backs Roy to excel in Test cricket

England opener Jason Roy will try to follow batting template of David Warner when he makes his Test debut against Ireland at Lord's.

Warner defied conventional wisdom by making a strong statement in white-ball cricket and then translating it into his Test match career.

The 29-year-old Roy has mainly played as a middle-order batsman for Surrey with nine first-class tons to his name.

He comes into the contention for the longest format after an impressive run in England’s successful World Cup campaign, with 443 runs at an average of 63.28.

‘Hopefully Roy can translate his form to red-ball cricket’

Roy will also have his Surrey team mate Rory Burns alongside him to open the batting for England.

"You'd be hard-pushed to find a more naturally talented batsman than Jason,” said Burns of his Surrey team mate.

"Even growing up as a kid you saw Jason hit the ball, strike the ball and do things other kids couldn't do.

"Over the last couple of years you've seen him rein it in, understand his game a bit more and sort of piece it all together."

Burns added: "We have seen what a wonderful player he is. Hopefully he can keep on doing that and he can translate his white-ball form into red ball.

"I've known Jason since he was 10, so to stride out in a Test match with him will be a pretty cool feeling."

England have tried 12 opening partners for Alastair Cook since the retirement of Andrew Strauss, with Cook himself retiring from the longest format last year.

‘Roy a threat to the opposition’

But Australia one-day captain Aaron Finch, who witnessed his Surrey team mate smashing a match-defining 85 that helped England beat Australia in a World Cup semi-final, was aware of his abilities as a threatening opening batsman.

"He definitely goes hard having played with him for a few years now for Surrey,” Finch said. “He's a player that when he's on he can be so damaging to an opposition.

“But he's got some really good hundreds in county cricket, probably more so in the middle-order. If he gets going on his day, he can be brutal and he can score so quick in all forms of the game, he is a very dangerous threat no doubt."