Jason Roy made his Test debut against Ireland, ahead of the Ashes series 2019. He started off with a half-century but failed to carry forward that form against Australia. He looked far from being even an average Test opener. Roy managed to score only 110 runs in 8 innings at an average of 13.75. However, seeing this, it was expected that Roy will not be in the Test squad against New Zealand.
Alongside Roy, wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow has also been ruled out of the squad. In his absence, Jos Buttler is expected to be the wicketkeeper while Ollie Pope, who last played a Test in August 2018, has been named as a back-up role. The two tests which will begin from November 21 will not be a part of the ICC World Test Championship.
Meanwhile, Jason Roy expressed his disappointment of not getting a chance in the squad on Twitter.
“Gutted to have missed out on the test squad for NZ, but best of luck to all the lads. Hard work continues and always looking forward!,” he tweeted.
Gutted to have missed out on the test squad for NZ, but best of luck to all the lads. Hard work continues and always looking forward!
— Jason Roy (@JasonRoy20) September 23, 2019
However, the fans reacted vividly and most of them have trolled him.
Gutted? Why? You aren't a test match player.
— Atomic Dog (@_atomicDog) September 23, 2019
What did you expect? Find a Kohli to your Pant and get selected!
— Cricketkeeda (@Cricketkeeda10) September 25, 2019
You still expected to get in the test squad 😂
— Nikunja (@pinku30855) September 24, 2019
Not the right time for you. Focus now on the basics that matter in Test cricket. Good things come to those hard working people who wait ..
— Duncan MacRobert (@DuncanMacR) September 23, 2019
I know, shocking that the selectors actually went with players who performed with the red ball this time round.
— PsyGremlin 🏴🇿🇦 (@Psygremlin) September 24, 2019
Hardly a surprise fella
— Chris Ferguson (@ChrisFergy) September 23, 2019
Four players have earned their maiden call-up, they are – Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Matthew Parkinson and Saqib Mahmood. Sibley scored 1,324 runs in the County Championship for Warwickshire and expected to play well. On the other hand, 21-year-old Crawley has earned his place after scoring a whopping 820 runs.
Test squad: Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Dominic Sibley, Joe Root (Captain), Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Saqib Mahmood, Matthew Parkinson, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Sam Curran and Jack Leach