England have called-up Jason Roy for their upcoming T20 International against India, and the Surrey opener could make his debut at Edgbaston on September 7th.
The Surrey batsman has been in fine form in the shortest format of the game this summer, topping the table as the Natwest T20 Blast’s top-scorer, with 677 runs coming at an average of 48.
And now it appears as though the England set-up have noticed the 24-year-old’s performances with Roy finding himself in the 14-man squad that has been named.
Surrey may have been eliminated in the semi-finals of the T20 Blast – and just missed out on competing in the tournament decider on Finals’ Day – when Birmingham Bears beat
them by 16 runs, but that result wasn’t down to the efforts of their best batsman.
Roy showed his capability of performing on the big stage by smashing 58 runs from just 25
deliveries, which continued the fine run of form he experienced throughout this summer’s competition.
The South African-born batsman outshone teammate Kevin Pietersen with some relentless big hitting. Whilst England are having some trouble in the 50-over game, expansive batting from the right-hander could be just what they are missing.
The Indians are currently on the rise – having thrown away a 1-0 lead in the Test series, they now have a two-game cushion over England with as many games left to play.
With the odds against them, Alastair Cook’s side may already have one eye on the one-off T20 fixture at Edgbaston. Returning to the scene of his semi-final elimination, Roy should
be ready to prove his worth to the side.
Stuart Broad is scheduled to have surgery on his knee this week, which will hand the captaincy to Eoin Morgan.
Meanwhile, James Taylor, Ravi Bopara and Tim Bresnan have also been drafted into the 14-man squad.
The shortest format of the game hasn’t necessarily been an enjoyable one for England in recent months. The 2010 World T20 Champions were bowled out for 88 by the Netherlands in a 45-run loss in this year’s version of the competition as they were eliminated at the Super 10 stage.
With the World Cup beginning in Australia and New Zealand in the spring, attentions should be more primed towards the 50-over game at this point in time, but it is still a game
that England will be desperate to win.
Coming off the back of a potentially heavy defeat in the ODI series against MS Dhoni’s men, a victory at Edgbaston could be important for morale, prior to England’s limited-overs
tour of Sri Lanka later this year.
England T20 squad to play against India at Edgbaston on September 7th:
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex, capt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Harry Gurney (Nottinghamshire), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy(Surrey), James Taylor (Nottinghamshire), James Tredwell (Kent), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).