- The 2019 world champion had to retire due to back spasms
- National selector Luke Wright extended the olive branch to the Ireland offer
- Roy is still considering whether he wants to play as a reserve player for the World Cup in India
Jason Roy has turned down the chance to take part in England’s last two one-day internationals against Ireland as he considers retiring from the national team.
Roy was left out of England’s final World Cup squad this week despite previously being told he would definitely go to India, and was replaced by Harry Brook instead.
It seemed certain that the England career of one of the most important players in white-ball history and a key figure in the 2019 World Cup victory was coming to an end.
But international selector Luke Wright extended an olive branch to Roy by asking him if he wanted to play against Ireland at Trent Bridge on Saturday and in Bristol next Tuesday and then be England’s reserve opener for next month’s World Cup.
Roy said no to the Ireland games on Thursday and is said to be considering whether he would like to remain at home as a reserve player for the World Cup at this stage of his career but be available for emergency use.
Jason Roy has turned down the opportunity to play in England’s last two internationals against Ireland
The 33-year-old was not selected for England’s World Cup squad, Harry Brook was the favorite
There’s a good chance that, at 33, he will decide it’s time to concentrate full-time on the lucrative franchise scene while continuing to play for Surrey in the T20 Blast and the Oval Invincibles in the Hundred.
Earlier this season, Roy caused controversy when he gave up his supplementary contract in England to start the first year of a two-year, £300,000 deal to play in the new Major League in the USA, which now poses a major threat to the English season.
England announced today that Tom Kohler-Cadmore will join England’s second squad in Nottingham today in place of Roy Somerset.
Joe Root, who was due to play in the first game against Ireland which was abandoned due to farcical scenes at Headingley on Wednesday, will now rest before England leave for the World Cup in India next Wednesday.