Following England’s recent batting debacles in the Caribbean, the general consensus appears to be that our nation’s willow wielders need to reign in their attacking instincts… so it’s fascinating that get Jason Roy in the Test team continues to be the latest trend!
Somebody must’ve sprouted this idea when Jos Buttler was performing so well (With plenty of luck) during the home Tests last year because it keeps coming up but at present the idea seems a little hypocritical.
England have made some decisions on certain bowlers only playing in particular countries and have hinted at doing the same with batsman. Will we only see Dawid Malan pull on an England shirt again the next time that England tour Australia? Will Keaton Jennings earn a recall for our next trip to Asia? And will Jos Buttler be dropped for the next Test, only to be recalled in the summer?
Some want Roy. Nasser Hussain wants James Vince flown in to play! As mentioned here at Silly Point, he has been performing well… in T20s! Is Paul Collingwood available?
How about this for England’s XI in the third Test…
Ed Smith (Lead by example)
Stuart Broad (Continuing the opener rotation policy)
Alex Davies (Let’s get another wicketkeeper in and wear him out at number three)
Joe Root (Captain)
Mark Ramprakash (He’s there)
Joe Denly (One more chance)
Keaton Jennings (In the all-rounder role)
Mark Wood (For the horses)
Jonathan Agnew (Test bowling average: 93.25)
Jack Leach (Errrr… for spin bowling I guess)
Any eligible Englishman currently in the Caribbean. (Yet another debutante!)