3rd Ashes Test 2019: Jason Roy screams ‘f*** off’ after Test batting average heads toward new low
A foul-mouthed Jason Roy walks after after being bowled by Pat Cummins. © AFP

Struggling England Test opener Jason Roy‘s career batting average dipped to a 8.85 with his dismissal for eight to Australia‘s pace spearhead Pat Cummins on day three of the third Ashes Test, and with it came an outburst of anguish that could signal the end of the Surrey batsman’s run in red-ball cricket this season.

Roy was bowled by a ripper of a delivery from Cummins, the No 1 ranked bowler in Test cricket, to lower his average as Test opener to 8.85 runs per dismissal. Only one opener has opened as many times as Roy has (seven) for a poorer average, and that is New Zealand’s Ken Rutherford who averaged 4.60 from ten attempts.

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After he was bowled by Cummins, Roy cursed in anger and this was picked up by one of the host broadcaster’s TV cameras. Roy was seen screaming ‘f*** off’ as he walked off the pitch at Headingley on Saturday.

During the semi-finals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Roy had been fined for dissent at an umpire’s call when he was incorrectly given out for 85.

After Roy was dismissed by Cummins, on air the former Australia captain Ian Chappell commented: “If you’ve ever seen a batsman totally off balance and completely beaten (it’s here). He (Roy) is out of his depth. Not only is he out of his depth opening the batting, but he’s out of his depth at Test level.”

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Roy, 29, was called up to England’s Test squad for the four-day match against Ireland at Lord’s last month having scored 443 runs at an average of 63.28 and strike-rate of 115.36 during the team’s historic World Cup run. He made 5 and 72 in England’s win over Ireland, and was included in the home team’s squad for the Ashes.

Since then, Roy has tallied 57 runs in six innings against Australia.

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He was one of the England batsman whom Geoffrey Boycott criticised after the hosts were bowled out for 67 in their first innings.

“I don’t care how many runs he makes in the second innings. If he plays another Test as an opener, then someone wants his brains tested,” wrote Boycott in the Daily Telegraph.

Before a ball was bowled in the Ashes, Australia pace bowler Josh Hazlewood had cast aspersions on Roy’s ability against the moving red ball in Tests.