Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Jason Roy given first England Test call to face Ireland

LONDON: England have given Jason Roy his first Test call-up to face Ireland after the Surrey opener played a key role in his country´s historic World Cup triumph, but pace bowler Mark Wood will be sidelined for between four and six weeks.

Roy was a crucial part of England´s first World Cup-winning campaign, with his return after missing three matches with a torn hamstring coinciding with the winning streak that carried them to the title.

South Africa-born Roy scored 443 runs in the World Cup, but England´s selectors were keen to get him red-ball practice ahead of the Ashes series against old rivals Australia, which starts on August 1 at Edgbaston.

However, Durham´s Wood, who has a left side strain, and Sussex paceman Jofra Archer, suffering from the same injury, were not selected for the Ireland clash.

Wood is expected to be out of action for four to six weeks following the injury he sustained in Sunday´s final, leaving him certain to miss the start of the five-Test Ashes.

Roy´s aggressive approach set the tone for England´s World Cup run, which culminated in Sunday´s thrilling final victory over New Zealand.

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