Ashes 2019: Josh Hazlewood warns Jason Roy over transition to Test Cricket

Josh Hazlewood feels that transition from white-ball cricket to Test Cricket will not be easy for England's swashbuckling opener Jason Roy. Here is what he had to say
Ashes 2019: Josh Hazlewood warns Jason Roy over transition to Test CricketAshes 2019: Josh Hazlewood warns Jason Roy over transition to Test Cricket
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Australia's pacer Josh Hazlewood has warned England opener Jason Roy about the transition from white-ball cricket to the longest format of the game. They will face off against each other in the first Ashes Test to be played at Edgbaston, Birmingham from August 1. Roy's fearless strokeplay at the top of the order proved to be the difference in several games during the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 where England emerged as the World Champion for the first time ever. He amassed 443 runs from 7 innings at an average of 63.29. The opener recently made his Test debut against Ireland. He made just five in the first innings but scored 72 at number three in the second.

Josh Hazlewood said, "We'll see how Roy goes in Test cricket. He has only played one Test match and it's a lot different opening the batting in a Test than a one-day game, that's for sure. In England, opening is probably the toughest place to bat, which probably made Alastair Cook's record all the better. To play attacking cricket in those conditions is tough."

"Aaron Finch found it tough last summer against a quality Indian attack on wickets that didn't do too much to be honest. I think he found it a big step up. He found the ball swung and seamed around and the wickets were a lot different to a one-day wicket. He'd played a lot of his four-day cricket at five or six and I think Roy is the same at Surrey. It's hard to bat five at a level below and then open in Test cricket. We'll see."

Ashes Schedule:

First Test - Edgbaston, Birmingham from 1st to 5th August.

Second Test - Lord's, London from 14th to 18th August.

Third Test - Headingley, Leeds from 22nd to 26th August.

Fourth Test - Old Trafford, Manchester from 4th to 8th September.

Fifth Test - Kennington Oval, London from 12th to 16th September.

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