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Jason Roy dropped for the England tour of Pakistan and T20 World Cup 2022

Jason Roy is set to be left out of England’s squad for the tour of Pakistan and then the T20 World Cup in Australia in October.

Roy has been an invaluable member of England’s T20 team for the past eight years, his combative style at the top of the order seen as a symbol of how England wants to play their white-ball cricket. But he is now expected to pay the price for a terrible personal summer when England announces their squad for the series in Pakistan on Friday.

During England’s six T20 Internationals this summer, Roy scored just 78 runs at an average of 12.7. He also scored much slower than usual as he struggled to regain form, with a strike rate of just 78.

England still hoped Roy could use Hundred to score heavily and cement his place in the team. But Roy scored just 51 runs for the Oval Invincibles at an average of 8.5, a run that included three ducks. Yet in some ways his last two innings – 20 off 17 balls and then 21 off 19 – have been more worrying, with Roy struggling to regain his traditional fluency after surviving his first few balls. had been.

Roy missed Invincible’s last match in the Hundred after struggling in the lower half and crashed out of their final Hundred group game on Wednesday night.

A number of contenders to bat in England’s top three have also damaged Roy’s case, having enjoyed impressive campaigns in hundreds. Dawood Malan is the highest run-scorer in the competition, with 358 runs at an average of 59.7, and he is also scoring runs at the start of his innings, which has been a concern in the past.

Phil Salt, whose style closely mimics Roy’s, scored 294 runs at an average of 49 in the hundred, while Will Jacks, Roy’s opening partner at the Oval, also excelled. Will Smead, who has shown less consistency but scored an opening century in the Hundred earlier this year, is considered another interesting option, while Alex Hales is an outside bet for a recall after an excellent season.

Competition for batting positions in England’s T20 line-up for the World Cup will intensify after the return of Ben Stokes. Stokes is expected to be rested for the seven-match T20 series in Pakistan in September, when Moeen Ali leads England, as Jos Buttler manages his own return from injury. Although form could change matters, at this stage, England’s first-choice batting line-up for the T20 World Cup is likely to feature Butler opening with Milan, with Stokes and Jonny Bairstow at three and four.

Roy’s omission would be a huge moment for England’s T20 team, with his attitude and aggression regarded as his overall T20 international record – 1522 runs at an average of 24.2 and a strike rate of 138.

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