Jason Roy has been having a horrid time out in the middle across the ongoing Ashes series so far. The explosive limited-overs opening batsman had a fantastic tournament in England’s World Cup-winning campaign earlier this summer.
However, the experiment to fast-track him into the Test side has backfired spectacularly for England. Failing to cope with the new ball on helpful pitch conditions, Roy has been found guilty of pushing at the ball with hard hands often erring in his strokes. As a strategy to keep him away from the new swinging ball, he was demoted down the batting order for the fourth Ashes Test.
Even this plan failed to overturn Roy’s dwindling fortunes as he ended up being clean bowled by a beauty from Josh Hazlewood in the first innings at Old Trafford. This clearly shows Roy lacks the tactical nous to excel in Test cricket and will have to vastly improve to make it big in the red-ball format.