Roy remains keen on Test role

12 October 2018 21:22:00 GMTPlus11

England limited-overs opener Jason Roy still has ambitions of being able to break into the Test match set-up in future and is relishing an upcoming stint with the Lions team.

Surrey right-hander Roy has played 66 one-dayers and 31 Twenty20 internationals for the Three Lions, but has so far been out of the picture when it comes to the longest form of the game.

It is quite nice just to stand there, watch the ball and bat.

Jason Roy

However, he will get a chance to push his credentials when he plays in a four-day match against Pakistan in the UAE in just over a month's time, and Roy is determined to make the most of the opportunity.

He told the Guardian: "It is a good opportunity for me to showcase some skills there. There is a six-day training camp before the game, so I can do some work with (batting coach) Graham Thorpe.

"I have still got a huge love for the first-class game. It is a very pure form and I enjoy going out there with no ambitions at going at eight runs an over. It is quite nice just to stand there, watch the ball and bat."

The task immediately in front of Roy is to try and help England win their ODI series in Sri Lanka, with the first match of five in Dambulla having been abandoned after just 15 overs were bowled.

The second one-dayer is scheduled for the same venue on Saturday, with England 1.36 to win the game, while Roy is priced at 4.50 to be Top Team Batsman and 10.00 to be named as Man of the Match.

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