The attacking Surrey batsman Jason Roy has admitted that he needs to be a bit more disciplined with the way he bats, if he is to earn himself an England call-up.
The 23-year old has always been recognised as an attacking batsman who will look to take on any opposition. However, his attacking game has cost him on more than a few occasions which is the reason he has got just one first-class century to date - though he has got five tons in the 40-over format and a ton in T20 cricket when he hit a 57 ball hundred against Kent in 2010.
He accepts the fact that he has got to get more of such performances in the shorter versions and at the same time get more test centuries in order to fulfil his dream of playing at the highest level.
Talking to ecb.co.uk, he said: “You've got to put a few shots away, be very simple, be greedy up until about 40 runs and then you can add a few more shots to your game.
“Until that 40 you can't do anything you have to just get your eye in and set a good base for yourself.
“I just want to be consistent and play all forms again and hopefully get the amount of runs and win games.
“Especially in championship cricket I want to get bigger runs, stay there longer, and get enough runs to help the team win.
“England is always in my mind. I want to score runs and go game-by-game.
“I've got to do well and maybe England will come knocking, but until then I've just got to concentrate on Surrey and do well and win games for them. I've just got to score my runs and see what happens.”
The last first-class season wasn’t what Surrey had in mind as they were relegated to Division 2 of the LV=County Championship. Though, they can be confident of a promotion this year as former South African captain Graeme Smith would be available for the whole season and also, Graham Ford will be their head coach which is a big boost for them.
“We're looking good, looking well-drilled," he added.
"New coach with Graham Ford and everyone's getting on with him really well. All of his theories, the way he works, and his work ethic is amazing.
“We've got to rebuild and we've done all that over the pre-season, so we've got to get off to a good start and even if we don't just persevere and keep enjoying our cricket.
“We've got a great group of guys, great players who are very talented, so we've just got to keep enjoying it and hope we get back up.
“We just didn't get enough runs or enough wickets (last season) - it's as simple as that. We've moved on from that.
“Obviously Graham Ford coming here - and we've got Graeme Smith coming in again - makes a massive difference. We've just got to forget about what's happened and get on with the future.
“We'll just go about our business and try and win games and doing what we do; you can't really control anything else but what we can do.”
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