McGrath opens up on who England should include in their Test squad

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Glenn McGrath: “When you look at someone like Roy, there are comparisons to be made to Warner and I could see them playing against each other in the 2019 Ashes”

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Former Australia pace bowler Glenn McGrath believes that opening batsman Jason Roy should be part of England’s Test squad going forward.

McGrath admitted that he is a big fan of Roy’s aggressive style of batting, along with his daring approach in limited overs cricket. The 27-year-old recently made the highest ODI score by an England player when he struck a breathtaking 180 against Australia.

While Roy has yet to play Test cricket, England have struggled to find a permanent opener to bat with Alastair Cook at the top of the order.

With that in mind, McGrath feels that Roy should be given an opportunity to show what he do in the longest format.

“The way that Jason Roy batted, he didn’t have any fear of getting out. In Tests, you can play that way but the consequences are a lot graver,” McGrath wrote in his column for the Daily Mail. “It doesn’t mean you cannot transfer those natural instincts, though. Everyone who reaches the top level has the ability to play Test cricket. Just look at David Warner.

“When he started, critics said he was just a limited-overs player. Yet he moved up and became a quality player who is arguably now a better batsman in the longer version.

“When you look at someone like Roy, there are comparisons to be made to Warner and I could see them playing against each other in the 2019 Ashes.

“Like Warner, Roy backs himself to dominate the bowlers and, although I am not sure he would have the same luck in Test cricket, you could see that style of play being the way of the future.”

In the 78 first-class games he has played thus far, Roy has scored 4,376 runs, which includes eight centuries and 20 fifties, at an average of 37.72 and a strike-rate of 82.22.

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