Jason Roy named in England Lions four-day squad

The hundreds of Jason Roy lifted the prospects of Surrey © Getty Images

Jason Roy's hopes of adding a first Test turn to his one-day regular status in England have received a boost after to be named to the Lions team in England for their four-day test against Pakistan A in November.

Roy, who made a second inning a century after arriving at No.3 for Surrey against Essex in his last County Championship game of the season at The Oval, has been named in a squad of 15 men who also includes the captain of Kent. , Sam Billings.

With a shortage of designated starting hitters in the game, Roy may be asked to repeat his one-day role with Nick Gubbins of Middlesex, another player who has been mentioned in Testing offices in recent seasons. .

England's selectors have been struggling for several years to find a long-term replacement for Andrew Strauss at the top of the order, and they now have the task of replacing top scorer of all time, Alastair Cook.

With Roy's partner, Rory Burns, alongside Joe Denly and Kealon Jennings on the Sri Lankan tour, a decent performance in the UAE could open the possibility of a place on the West Indies test in January.

Billings, who has impressed as a leader in guiding Kent to the top of the County Championship, is the main name of a young hitting team with characters like Joe Clarke, who completed his transfer from Worcestershire last week. to Nottinghamshire, and Liam Livingstone, who appeared in the test squad in March when he was called to tour New Zealand.

The slow bowlers of the team are Dom Bess, who impressed with his attitude in the series of tests against Pakistan after being called as a replacement for injuries by his teammate in Somerset, Jack Leach, as well as by the young attacker from Surrey Amar Virdi and Piernaspinner from Lancashire Matt Parkinson.

Jamie Overton joins his twin brother Craig in the ranks of fast bowling, after being passed over for the test squad in favor of Olly Stone of Warwickshire, while Mark Wood is also included while trying to repeat his First class credentials after falling out of favor this summer.

Josh Tongue has been named subject to medical clearance, after suffering an injury during the season finale of Worcestershire against Yorkshire.

Billings, Roy, Tongue and Virdi will leave the tour in front of the white-ball section, consisting of five unofficial ODIs and two T20s. They will be replaced by Alex Davies, Lewis Gregory, Sam Hain and the hugely promising bowler Saqib Mahmood, who is back in the fight despite this week's Lancashire outing against Hampshire, his first appearance in the first team since April.

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source:- espncricinfo.com

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