Jason Roy rewarded for World Cup heroics with maiden call up in England Test squad

first_imgJason Roy rewarded for World Cup heroics with maiden call up in England Test squadJason Roy is expected to open the batting with Surrey team mate Rory Burns and will have an opportunity to impress the selectors ahead of the Ashes series against Australia starting on Aug. 1.advertisement Reuters LondonJuly 17, 2019UPDATED: July 17, 2019 19:41 IST Reuters PhotoHIGHLIGHTSJason Roy was in superb form in the World Cup, scoring 443 runsRoy is expected to open the batting with Surrey team mate Rory BurnsEngland will play a one-off Test match against Ireland at Lord’s from July 24Opening batsman Jason Roy has been named in England’s Tes squad for the first time for the one-off match against Ireland starting at Lord’s next Wednesday.Roy racked up 443 runs in England’s triumphant 50-overs World Cup campaign, but is not a regular top-order batsman for Surrey in red-ball cricket.The 28-year-old is expected to open the batting with Surrey team mate Rory Burns and will have an opportunity to impress the selectors ahead of the Ashes series against Australia starting on Aug. 1.Somerset all-rounder Lewis Gregory has also been called up for the first time, while uncapped fast bowler Olly Stone, who picked up an injury on this year’s tour of West Indies, returned to the squad.England’s leading wicket-taker James Anderson was included, despite picking up a calf injury this month.England World Cup winners Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes were rested for the Ireland Test but have been included in a 16-man pre-Ashes training camp this weekend.England announce their squad for their Test match against Ireland!Jason Roy and Lewis Gregory receive their first call-ups, whilst Olly Stone could also make his Test debut. pic.twitter.com/38k7qHHvapICC (@ICC) July 17, 2019Fast bowlers Mark Wood and Jofra Archer were not considered for selection because both players have suffered side strains.Wood has been ruled out for four to six weeks while Archer will have a period of rest before being considered for Ashes selection.England squad: Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Lewis Gregory, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes.advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Jason RoyFollow England Test squadFollow World Cup 2019last_img read more

Harper Japanese PM Shinzo Abe talk energy in Ottawa

OTTAWA — Japan’s visiting prime minister was keen to talk to Prime Minister Stephen Harper about Canadian shale gas exports to his energy-hungry country — before telling the world about his country’s priorities at the United Nations.Energy was one area of common ground shared by Harper and Shinzo Abe during his brief visit Tuesday to Ottawa before both leaders headed to New York where the United Nations General Assembly was convening.The UN, however, is where one key difference between them will emerge: unlike Abe, Harper won’t be addressing the assembly — a decision seen by some analysts as part of an ongoing snub of the world body.Abe, who is scheduled to address the General Assembly on Thursday, views the UN as an important forum for his country to engage with the world, said Japanese officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak with the media.In particular, they said, Abe wants to stress the importance of strengthening the role of women, especially in business.In a speech in Britain this past summer, Abe spoke of the need to “liberate the power that women possess.”Japanese officials acknowledged that Abe’s views were in sync with Harper’s signature project from the Canadian-hosted 2010 G8 summit: the Muskoka Initiative aimed at lowering the death rate of young mothers and children in poor countries.This week, rather than address the assembly, Harper will instead take part in a side event on maternal and child health, and also a talk on the economy hosted by the Canadian American Business Council.“As you know, the prime minister has delivered UN General Assembly speeches in the past — in fact, twice as many times as the two former Liberal prime ministers,” said spokesman Carl Vallee.Canadian officials said Harper would be making an announcement Wednesday morning on maternal and child health, to bolster Canada’s commitment to the cause.“It will give the prime minister the opportunity to continue to exercise international leadership on maternal health, which is an issue close to his heart,” Vallee said.The government agreed to spend $1.1-billion between 2010 and 2015 on a global action to reduce maternal and infant mortality and improve the health of mothers and children in the world’s poorest countries. A further $1.75-billion in funding was announced later as ongoing spending on maternal and child health programs.Harper welcomed Abe to his Parliament Hill office, where Japanese officials say their prime minister wanted to explore options around Canada’s shale gas deposits.Japanese officials say that their country is looking for alternatives to nuclear energy following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that crippled reactors at the Fukushima plant.Harper has made exporting Canadian energy to Asia a key economic priority because of delays by the United States in approving the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry Canadian oilsands bitumen to the Gulf coast.Harper will be joined by a team of Conservative ministers in New York this week.Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is to give Canada’s address to the General Assembly on Monday, a less-than-desirable speaking slot that follows world leaders this week. U.S. President Barack Obama took the podium on Tuesday.Earlier this week, a coalition of former federal cabinet ministers, senior diplomats, academics and foreign-policy experts urged Harper this week to consider a deeper level of engagement with the UN. read more