Jason Roy now has a chance to salvage his England career after being picked to the squad for the one-day international series against Australia next month.
Following a succession of disappointing performances at the international and domestic levels, England’s opening batsman Roy was dropped from the side currently competing in the T20 World Cup in Australia, as well as taken from the list of centrally contracted players.
He had an especially dismal run in The Hundred, tossing six innings for Oval Invincibles, averaging 8.5 and producing three ducks.
The 32-year-old has previously been a crucial component of England’s white-ball squads, including the team that defeated New Zealand at Lord’s to win the 2019 50-over World Cup.
Roy signalled his intention to reclaim his position last week, saying he was “gutted” and “motivated to say the least” over being fired.
Since Jonny Bairstow is out and England’s white-ball skipper Jos Buttler bats lower in ODIs, Roy may now open opposite Phil Salt in the three-match series against Australia, which begins on November 17 in Adelaide, just four days after the T20 World Cup final.
Sam Billings, James Vince, and Olly Stone have also been called up to the national team, and Luke Wood, who has never played for England in an ODI, has been included to a group that includes nine T20 World Cup squad members.
Former ODI captain Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, and Mark Wood are also not on the list.
The trio is slated to fly into Abu Dhabi on November 18, the day after the first ODI, to begin preparations for the Pakistan Test series.
Alex Hales, who has just returned from a three and a half year international exile, is another World Cup team member who will not be playing.
After the first one-day international in Adelaide, the series will continue on November 19 in Sydney and end on November 22 in Melbourne.
Captain and wicketkeeper for the English ODI side are Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Liam Dawson, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Olly Stone, James Vince, David Willey, Chris Woakes, and Luke Wood.