Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Roy takes the pain for maintaining the balance...and KP

52, 12, 76, 5, 76, 60. Four fifties in Jason Roy's last six innings...his reward? A place in the 2nds squad playing at Taunton today. The 20 year-old has been sent back to the reserves, presumably in order to keep a five man bowling attack and allow room for one Kevin Pietersen.

The squad and expected XI to play Essex at Whitgift School is as follows:

De Bruyn

12th man: Schofield

Two possible changes might occur come 11am tomorrow morning, Hamilton-Brown's opening partner is as yet unknown, even Hamilton-Brown himself might be shifted back down the order given his recent form in that slot. And depending on the pitch Chris Schofield might play instead of Tim Linley, giving a stiffer batting lineup but perhaps less penetration on the bowling front.

Adams' penchant for packed bowling attacks has been clear in recent weeks and the tactic has been rewarded with five wins, including a comprehensive demolition of Leicestershire inside three days. The last two Championship games at Whitgift have been relatively high-scoring draws so it may well prove the best tactic.

Jason Roy
What I cannot fathom is the logic behind dropping Roy. If the five bowler strategy must be retained at all costs and Adams is being heavily leant on by the ECB then does one of the incumbent batsmen deserve to be dropped? Ramprakash? No...just no. Davies? Keeps wicket, has to play. Maynard? He's been outstanding this year, so unlikey. Hamilton-Brown? Can you drop the skipper? His form has been patchy at best, but given the bond between captain and coach I can't see it happening. It might not prove the best move for morale in any case.

That just leaves de Bruyn. It would take a brave man to drop a player of his calibre and experience but having eulogised so much about Roy I can hardly say anything else: Jason Roy should be in this side. The poor bloke was picked for every game of pre-season at number three, only to be dropped on the morning of the first game. On being recalled he's made runs in four innings out of six, and now he's dumped again. That's to say nothing of the fact that he is unequivocally one of the most promising batsman at the club, and in England full stop.

In any case, this is what we have. What of the opposition? Essex have had an indifferent start to their Championship campaign, losing twice and winning just once in five games which is at odds with a hugely talented squad. They will have no Bopara who like Dernbach is away with the Lions but they still have a strong batting lineup led by Alistair Cook, ably assisted by the likes of Pettini, Foster and Walker.

Their bowling is not to be sniffed at either, the high-class Maurice Chambers could be joined by the evergreen David Masters and the occasionally impressive Chris Wright, with Graham Napier waiting in the wings to make his first Championship appearance of 2011. There's no sign of teenage sensation Reece Topley in their 12 man squad and their late-in-the-day overseas signing, Lonwabo Tsotsobe appears to have struggled to adapt to English conditions, he's disappeared for almost 5 an over across three games and has consequently been dropped.

This won't be easy for Surrey but despite the loss of Dernbach and Roy we're still putting out a strong side. There's pressure on the top order, a hundred from KP wouldn't go amiss, and Hamilton-Brown is still searching for that elusive big score this year, Whitgift provides him with an ideal opportunity. The team are on a roll and if they can turn that confidence into a victory over a good side like Essex, they'll really start to believe a promotion push is within their grasp.


Anonymous said...

I have no doubt that Roy will have been reassured that he will be back in the team when KP has joined England.

GreenJJ said...

I'm quite sure you're right, but I still think it was the wrong move to leave him out.

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Roy is an absolute player to play in matches. THere is some other misconceptions of not playing. Hope he will do well.

Tim V said...

No disrespect meant but I've no idea what the above comment means.

Whilst it's very tough on Jason Roy in these days of financial implications on everything the club needs to have KP, if only to bring more gate money in for the 20/20s.

GreenJJ said...

Hi Tim

Yeah I don't understand it either...

You're right of course, we have to come to terms with the realities of it. If I put to one side my admiration for Jason Roy, I have to admit KP is a pretty handy player to have coming in!

Tim V said...

Yes, you're right about KP. Thinking about it further I was wrong to be churlsih about KP's involvement. We should be pleased we've got him as he is a world class player.

I think it jars to see a home grown player losing out when we've brought in so many players from other counties recently.