Nasser Hussain claims Jason Roy is in England's Ashes selection

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Former England skipper Nasser Hussain has a gut feeling that England want to select Jason Roy for the Ashes.

England were thrashed within four days in the first test of three Test matches at the Kensington Oval after their batting line up collapsed to a disappointing first innings total of just 77.

Surrey batsman Roy is yet to make a Test appearance but plays a big part in the ODI team who are currently sat at the top of the World Rankings.

And there are calls for him to come in at the top of the order to replace Keaton Jennings as his struggles continue.

“My gut feel is that the person England really want to come in to play in the Ashes is Jason Roy - but you can't just fly Roy out here,” Hussain told Sky Sports.

"This is the quandary they have. They might stick with Jennings and then hope that Roy has early season form - but Roy bats in the middle order for Surrey as well. So there are problems.”

Jennings averages 25.86 from 16 Tests and Bayliss has suggested that the Lancashire man’s form is a concern.

Roy scored a hundred in Surrey’s final County Championship match, in their first title-winning season since 2002, batting at 3. But he opens the batting for England in the shorter form of the game.


England have struggled to find a consistent number 3 since Jonathan Trott retired and since then have tried a number of people in the position which is currently occupied by keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow.

The Sky Sports pundit also suggested that Jack Leach should replace Adil Rashid going into the second Test at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Thursday.

Hussain has cast doubt on Rashid’s place in the team after the Yorkshire leg-spinner bowled just nine overs in the second innings in Kensington and rarely posed a danger to the Windies batsmen.


"Root only bowled him for seven overs on day three and then Windies' part-time spinner [Roston Chase] gets 8-60 on day four. Leach is more at you all the time, so they might go for him over Rashid."

Jack Leach has got 20 Test wickets at an average of 24.90 in 4 test matches and was very effective in Sri Lanka.

The second Test match starts on Thursday at 2.00pm.

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