Jason Roy is a more "complete player now than he ever has been", says England national selector Ed Smith

Jason Roy earned his first Test call-up after a good showing in the World Cup 2019, where his exploits at the top of the order helped his side to the title.
Jason Roy is a more "complete player now than he ever has been", says England national selector Ed SmithJason Roy is a more "complete player now than he ever has been", says England national selector Ed Smith
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England National Selector Ed Smith has stated that Jason Roy is a "more complete player now" and has backed the English opener to achieve great feats in Test cricket as well. 

Roy, earned his first Test call-up for the one-off game against Ireland that will be played at Lord's next week. The aggressive cricketer had played a huge role in England's World Cup winning run in the World Cup 2019, as he amassed 443 runs in seven games. Roy was also named in ICC's Team of the Tournament. 

Smith now believes that Roy can have a similar impact in Tests as well. 

"I think we've all seen him grow and improve as a player in white-ball cricket," Smith said. "There's never been any doubt about his talent, audacity or his presence at the crease - it's fantastic. He's also gained improved mastery and adaptability. I think he's a more complete player now than he ever has been. It just felt like absolutely the right time for Jason to make his Test debut.

"It's no great secret the selectors have long been admirers of Jason. The big question with Jason Roy was when was the ideal time if he was going to make the move into Test cricket? Joe Root and I spoke at length months ago about the scenario in which Jason Roy finished the World Cup confident, full of runs and went straight into the Ashes and that's what we've done. It feels like a really good time for Jason to join the Test team as an opener. He's in and has our full backing."

Smith has been known for taking bold decisions, like the one he took to include Jos Buttler in the Test team last year despite a below-par domestic season. The wicket-keeper repaid the trust and has now become a regular in the team. 

"Going back to that first decision last May when coming in as selector it just felt like exactly the right time for Jos to come back into the Test team," Smith said. "Although I wouldn't compare them because they are very different players and different people, in the same way it feels like the right time for Jason. He's playing very well, growing and developing all the time and it's an exciting prospect for us," he reminisces. 

He also urged the English players to not be complacent during the Ashes despite winning the World Cup 2019. 

"There is a challenge to build and grow on that rather than to say that is the full stop on the end of the sentence," added Smith. "One thing we really want to do is develop this end of English cricket and not let it peter out but to push on from here.

The same degree of attention, clarity and rigour we tried to bring to World Cup selection, we have also brought to Ashes selection."

 

 

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