In his latest Sky Sports column, Jason Roy discusses England’s Ashes disappointment, striving to enhance along with the team’s decision to level the series at The Oval…
I’m gutted, to be honest. I went to bed the night before day five in Manchester understanding that I had a lot to prove and wanting to do that. I batted for an hour and a half, was feeling nice and starting to believe so it was incredibly disappointing to escape out we would draw the Exam.
Then let’s hold on was unbelievable. We have lost the opportunity to recover the Ashes however we showed much struggle in Old Trafford on the previous day and we have a chance. That would be a plus for us given the place we are in now if Australia quit having drawn the string, rather than won it.
We talked after the match and there was lots of emotion, people were really down, we have worked through the summer and to be in this circumstance, of course we are down.
The first reply was that we have to flip around it at The Oval and make sure they leave with a draw, that’s all that’s on our heads, it is certainly what is in my mind. We wish to draw the series. If we can do that, contrary to a great Australia negative, of winning the World Cup, on the rear, it may not be exactly what we needed but it is still a great summer.
Batting from the middle-order I had much more of an understanding of the way exactly I needed to go in my innings. I had not done it in red-ball cricket Intro I did know the perfect mindset to get.
At # 4 I play, the number of runs scored wasn’t significant and although in the second innings the plan had been to bat daily and could be somewhat more open minded, it was balls faced. I was nevertheless at the very first over.
I’m the very first to humiliate myself and I know that I have got a lot of work to do. It is an optional training session now since I understand what I want to do in order to improve as a Test cricketer, but I am going in and now I have to work on these matters.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re opening the batting order or batting lower down the order, you need to be a lot tighter.
I think I got outside to balls that were good at Old Trafford, particularly the one I got out of Pat Cummins in second innings. There has been a lot of talk about my bat being a long way off from my pad however when the ball hadn’t have seamed as much as it did so it is immaterial where my front foot would be it probably would have struck my bat.
I am only putting my head around exactly what I want to work on, perhaps not being too tough while also being honest with myself. I’ve got a great connection with Graham Thorpe as a coach, and outside the field for a friend.
He is ready to be honest with me and I am able to tell the truth with him I’ll put some fantastic work and see where I wind up. Although I had been a bit more comfy at No 4, so I’ve still got lots of work to perform.
Under the pressure you will ever play beneath in the Test arena you are currently playing in a series like the Ashes. Back in Manchester, it had been the time face seven or so overs and that I have needed to go in at the end of the day.
I am proud of the way I’ve dealt with this situation and now it is a case of having some runs. Without that it counts for nothing, I’ve got to set some scores on the board, although I can manage that strain and that environment.
Nobody is siphoned off by the fact that the group are amazing, players such as Steve Smith and Cummins are at the top of the ranks because of this. Individuals might say’Jason Roy is unworthy’ but what about the bowlers I’m facing? I don’t need to have too downhearted since I know the bowlers we are facing now are as good as any you will confront in Test cricket.
But if you’re a batsman for England, mediocre isn’t good enough, you have to be the best that you can be, the finest about, that is what we most want. That is because everybody would like to better themselves and be the finest on earth, the reason exactly why we have been so powerful, be happy with only an OK series and nobody wishes to settle.
Rory Burns has been a great illustration of that in the Test side. He has stayed level throughout his Test career for the whole time up to now and he has worked extremely hard, nothing appears to faze him. For him to develop to a series like this and perform as well as he has, when a handful people aren’t doing as well as we should be doing, is very gratifying to view, particularly because he is someone I’ve known for a lot of years.
Rory will want to go big in this match that is last and prove a point. He deserves it and I know he will be working hard because of that.
Eventually, I sent one to me and mentioned I needed a Spurs shirt and they have been generous! I am now a fully-fledged Tottenham fan and the tiny one was in her shirt this morning, so she was happy. It was a fairly cool surprise but I will wait to find some runs and hopefully a win and then I can request a few treats!
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