Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood has already started mind games ahead of the highly anticipated Ashes series between cricket’s oldest rivals. The right-arm seamer has questioned the batting credentials of Jason Roy, who is set to make his transition to Test cricket.
The star England batsman was his country’s World Cup hero but his ability to endure five-day cricket action remains to be tested.
Roy starred recently during England’s thumping victory over Ireland but the quality pace bowling attack of Australia will be a steep test for him.
“We’ll see how Roy goes in Test cricket. He has only played one Test match and it’s a lot different opening the batting in a Test than a one-day game, that’s for sure,” said Hazlewood.
“In England, opening is probably the toughest place to bat which probably made Alastair Cook’s record all the better. To play attacking cricket in those conditions is tough,” he added.