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Alec Stewart backs surprising England ODI star to replace Stokes in the Ashes squad

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Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart tips Jason Roy to be the man that replaces the suspended Ben Stokes in the England squad for the Ashes.

The Surrey player has been backed by his director of cricket as Stewart describes him as 'a match-changing batsman' whose reputation as a one-day player can be put aside as he feels he is ready to take his game to the Test arena.

Roy has played 71 times for his country in the shorter formats of the game and averages 36.48 in ODIs but is yet to be considered for the Test team. 

And former Three Lions captain Stewart believes the 27-year-old is fully capable of adjusting his style and becoming a useful addition in the long format - despite not really being considered by most pundits.

“Jason is a match-changing batsman,” Stewart told The Mirror.

“He hasn’t got Test experience and was shy of runs at the start of the summer, but I think the last two innings show his ability.

"I personally wouldn’t be against him being that No.6 batsman in the Test line-up for his game-changing ability.

"In four-day cricket he bangs out hundreds and he has now played international cricket for a period of time. And because there isn't anyone in that middle order who can bat like Stokes, I would look at Jason Roy.

"People will say, 'take your Surrey hat off' and I've taken it off. I'm looking at trying to avoid massive disruption in that line-up."

Many fans and pundits have already written off England's chances at The Ashes without the services of Stokes, adding to the mounting pressure on the likely alternative.

Tom Westley and Liam Livingstone have both been linked with filling the Stokes-shaped void but it is not yet known when the selectors will make their final decision.

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