Jason Roy has really come of age over the last few years.
The belligerent opening batsman has become a mainstay of the England top order in limited overs cricket and could prove to be immensely valuable at next year’s World Cup.
Roy has a reputation for destructive batting and is tasked with getting his side off to as quick a start as possible.
It is a mandate that the Surrey player has really embraced, and his complete lack of respect for the bowlers at the top of the innings has become a trademark of his game.
Roy has become quite the run merchant of late and his importance to the balance of the current side cannot be overstated.
However, during what has been one of the finest years of his career, Roy has inflicted upon himself one of the strangest injuries you could ever hope to suffer in sport.
Having been dismissed during a game for Surrey, Roy threw his bat to the ground in frustration.
However, he got his angles completely wrong and the substantial piece of willow ricocheted back off the ground and hit him plumb in the face.
Deary me - not your proudest moment Jason.
Roy was forced to sit out Surrey’s next game in the T20 Blast as a result of the injury and has since apologised for what he has described as a “moment of stupidity”.
“I am really disappointed to be missing... Following my dismissal on Wednesday evening, I threw my bat into the ground purely out of self-frustration. It bounced, hit me, and as a result I sustained the injury.
“I’m extremely embarrassed and apologetic to my teammates and fans for this moment of stupidity. I want to apologise to Surrey as a club and all the members.
“I’ve never been so motivated and so positive about my game, and I assure you I will learn from my mistake as I am my own biggest critic.”
Good on you, Jason.
The opener will probably want this incident quickly forgotten but could be in for a few sly chirps from the slips in the coming months.
He certainly will be throwing his toys with far more care from now on.