Ashes exclusive: England opener Jason Roy hits back at Australia’s Josh Hazlewood following Test warning

England batsman Jason Roy has fired back at Josh Hazlewood after the Australia bowler expressed doubts about the opener’s Test credentials.

Roy looks set to open up for England as the Ashes get under way at Edgbaston on Thursday despite making his Test debut against Ireland last week.

Jason Roy hit an impressive 72 in the second innings against Ireland

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Jason Roy hit an impressive 72 in the second innings against Ireland

The 29-year-old is one of the best ODI batsmen in the game, as shown during England’s recent World Cup winning campaign, but Hazlewood was quick to warn Roy about the challenges of Test cricket.

He said: “We’ll see how Roy goes in Test cricket. He has only played one Test match and it’s a lot different opening the batting in a Test than a one-day game, that’s for sure.”

But a relaxed Roy responded by brushing off the doubts and cranking up the pressure on his rival.

He told talkSPORT 2: “It is what it is, they can say what they want. He said Test cricket is hard and he’s right, that’s just stating the obvious. If he has said that I won’t succeed in Test cricket then that’s a little bit harsh.

“But they’re under a lot of pressure, he’s played a lot of Test cricket and I haven’t, so we’ll see in a few days.”

England are yet to fill the gaping void left by Alastair Cook at the top of the order and many hope Roy will prove the answer.

Hazlewood has started the sledging already

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Hazlewood has started the sledging already

However, there are some suggestions that his aggressive, high-octane style makes him more suited to the middle of the Test order.

“I’ve got no preferences at the moment,” he added. “I haven’t opened or batted down the order. I’m just honoured to be in the team at the moment.

“I think the middle order is pretty set and my opportunity has arisen from coming in as an opening batsman, so I’ve just got to take that opportunity and see where I go with it.”

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