English national selector Ed Smith supported Jason Roy for a successful start to his test career after playing an important role in England’s historic triumph at the 2019 Men’s Cricket World Cup.
Roy will play Lord’s one-on-one test against Ireland next week, and later the first Ashes test on August 1st in Edgbaston. The opening batting had a successful World Cup, scored 443 runs in seven innings and was appointed to the team of the tournament. Smith believed that Roy is now a “more complete player than ever”, adding that his inclusion in the English test team was a long-term goal.
“I think we all saw him as a white ball cricket player growing and improving,” Smith said. “There has never been any doubt about his talent, his audacity or his presence on the field – it’s fantastic, he’s also gained mastery and adaptability, and I think he’s now a more complete player than ever – it just felt absolutely right on.” Time for Jason to make his test debut.
“It’s no secret that the selectors have long admired Jason.” The big question for Jason Roy was when was the perfect time to get started on Test Cricket? Joe Root and I discussed the scenario in detail months ago Jason Roy has finished the World Cup confidently, has gone full of runs and that’s exactly what we’ve done, it’s a really good time for Jason to get into the test team as an opening player, and he’s in and has our full backing. “
Smith’s selection panel was not afraid to hire players into the test team due to successful appearances in the shorter formats. Smith recalled the decision to replace Jos Butler with India last summer, adding that it is important to get someone on the team when he is confident, regardless of the format.
“When Jos returned to this first decision as a selector last May, it seemed to be the right time to return to the test team,” Smith said. “Although I would not compare them because they are very different players and different people, for Jason it feels like it’s the right time, it’s very good, it’s always growing and evolving, and it’s an exciting perspective for us.” “
A first World Cup title is cause for much rejoicing in the English camp, but Smith emphasized that the team must build on this success, with no room for complacency, especially with the ashes on the horizon.
“It’s a challenge to build on that and grow, rather than say that’s the point at the end of the sentence,” Smith added. “One thing we really want to do is to develop this end of English cricket and not to let it go, but to push it on from here – the same level of attention, clarity and accuracy we’ve tried to do in World Cup selection. we also brought. ” Ash selection. “