Rory Burns backs Surrey teammate Jason Roy to do well in Test cricket

Jason Roy has been given his maiden Test call up for the four-day Test match that begins from Wednesday against Ireland.
Rory Burns backs Surrey teammate Jason Roy to do well in Test cricketRory Burns backs Surrey teammate Jason Roy to do well in Test cricket
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England opener Rory Burns believes that Jason Roy has all the skills to succeed in Test cricket after the World Cup winning cricketer was named in the Test squad against Ireland that starts from Wednesday.

Roy was in outstanding form in the World Cup 2019, and has been given his maiden Test call-up, ahead of the Ashes. 

"I don't see any reason why not," Burns said when asked if Roy can replicate his ODI feats. "In the last year or two he has really matured as a player and he will probably get to leave a couple of balls now, which will be nice for him. I think he will.

“It’s going to be good fun, it’s going to be exciting. I’ve known Jase since he was 10 so to stride out in a Test match with him is a pretty cool feeling. It’ll be an exciting time.

“That was East Surrey district cricket [when we first met] and then Surrey up all through the age groups. Bleach blond hair and a massive head is how I remember him and quite an aggressive stroke player. He hasn’t changed much since.”

Roy has an average of over 38 in First Class cricket, but has batted in the middle order for his county side. Burns, however, feels that the former will be able to adapt quickly as he has been opening in the limited overs. 

"In recent times he's batted at 3. I think it will translate. I think for Jason it'll be a mindset thing, he's played a lot of white-ball cricket which is see the ball hit the ball. This'll be about leaving a couple, assessing things. He's a fine player and I'm sure we'll see that."

Burns is also hopeful that he can make a mark in the upcomong Test against Ireland and seal his spot for the Ashes that begins from August 1. 

"Potentially, yeah. It's one Test before the Ashes gets going so hopefully can cash in, there's a chance to score runs here. Back yourself and gameplan and see where you get to.

"It will be a big match. Wherever the Irish go in sport they bring a good following and a good team. I've played against a lot of these guys in county cricket and I've got a couple of friends in the opposition as well, so hopefully it goes well."

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