Coach Trescothick Encourages Jason Roy Amidst World Cup Omission
England’s assistant coach, Marcus Trescothick, urges Jason Roy to stay positive after being left out of the ICC Men’s World Cup squad and offers hope for a potential comeback.
England’s assistant coach, Marcus Trescothick, has extended his support to Jason Roy, urging the talented cricketer to maintain a positive outlook despite his exclusion from the ICC Men’s World Cup squad.
Initially, Roy was included in England’s initial 15-man squad for the 50-over World Cup defense in India. However, a last-minute change saw Harry Brook stepping in to replace him. Roy’s recurring back spasms prevented his participation in England’s recent four-match ODI series against New Zealand, leading the selectors to opt for Brook as a more reliable option.
Trescothick, speaking to Sky Sports, remarked, “I haven’t had a chance to speak with Jason personally, but undoubtedly, he must be disappointed. However, it’s essential for him to maintain a positive attitude, as reserves play a significant role in World Cups. An injury to one player can open the door for someone else, and they might seize the opportunity to make a substantial impact. If Jason keeps himself fit and ready, and if the need arises, we won’t hesitate to call upon him.”
Following his World Cup snub, Roy declined an opportunity to represent England in the three-match series against Ireland, a decision that raised questions about his future with the national team.
Trescothick added, “The series against Ireland was a good chance for him to play longer innings and gain more experience. We’re well aware of his immense talent. Getting a chance to play is the real challenge for him. Breaking into a strong team like ours is no easy task.”
Jason Roy had displayed outstanding performances in ODIs this year, maintaining an impressive average of 46.33 and a strike rate close to 100 in six matches. He played a pivotal role in England’s historic victory in the 2019 ODI World Cup hosted in their home country, amassing a remarkable 443 runs at an average of 63.28 and a strike rate of 115.36, including a century and four half-centuries.
In contrast, Harry Brook has faced difficulties in the 50-over format, with an average of only 20.50 in six games, including a disappointing recent series against New Zealand.
England is set to play their final ODI against Ireland in Bristol on Tuesday, before their World Cup campaign begins with a match against New Zealand in Ahmedabad on October 5.