Jason Roy
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Jason Roy was all set to play in South Africa’s inaugural T20 competition Mzansi Super League (MLS) when he was received a callup for England Lions. He was included in a squad for a tour of UAE where Lions faced Pakistan A in a four-day unofficial Test.

Though Lions suffered a defeat in the contest, Roy scored 59 and 11 across the two innings while batting at the No. 3 spot. With the senior England team struggling on that front, Roy is hoping his dream of playing Test cricket will soon turn into reality provided he keeps on piling the runs.

Three is put on my radar and some of the other spots, Roy told The National. They [England] have a pretty solid setup at the moment and I have to push for my place and see how it ends up. Wherever I get a chance to represent for my country and to do that I need to transform my game from the shorter to the longer game.

He knows scoring runs in red-ball cricket is the only way of staking a claim in an England squad that has clinched a Test series win in Sri Lanka recently. I need to score big runs and wait my turn. For that, I need to bat longer and just score big runs. It s the same sort of mantra, hitting the bad balls and blocking the good ones. It s very simple. The colour of the ball changes but the mantra is pretty similar.

Roy is a batting mainstay in England’s limited-overs squad having played 70 ODIs and 32 T20Is. He packs an experience of 81 first-class matches in which he averages 38.38 with nine centuries and 22 fifties.

Talking about his performance against Pakistan A, the 28-year-old said, Got a decent knock batting first and got run out in the second after a bit of confusion between me and my mate. I would have liked to carry on and get some more runs but that s how cricket goes some times. So just have to crack on, knuckle down, big opportunity for me, but my two innings are done.

Roy had no qualms in giving away the chance to play in MSL for England Lions if that will help him in putting forth a claim for a place in Test team. I was asked to come and play in this four-day game and obviously I was 100 per cent for that. I m going to take the opportunity of any chance to try and push my case to play Test cricket. Anyway I was going to play in the T10 [League] here [in Sharjah], so it works out well for me, he said.