Jason Roy has endured a lean summer with the bat ( Image: Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Jason Roy has endured a lean summer with the bat ( Image: Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Kevin Pietersen, the former England captain has urged people to leave Jason Roy alone and back the out-of-form opener to come good. Kevin Pietersen also believes the veteran should be in England’s squad for the upcoming 2022 T20I World Cup.

Jason Roy, one of England’s first-choice white-ball players, struggled throughout the home summer. The right-handed batter managed only 76 runs in six T20I matches, with a best of 27, and made no half-centuries in the ODIs either.

Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen (Credits: Twitter)

Kevin Pietersen Won’t Write Jason Roy Off As He Is A World Cup Winner And Has Done A Commendable Job Under Now Retired Eoin Morgan

Kevin Pietersen said it was frustrating to see people write off the South African-born player at such a young age despite witnessing him perform well under recently retired Eoin Morgan‘s captaincy. Hence, the 104-Test veteran feels England has to back him through The Hundred.

Kevin Pietersen opined: “Jason is 32 years of age and what I’m sick and tired of in this country is writing people off at such a young age. Jason is a World Cup winner, he’s done an unbelievable job for Eoin Morgan.”

Eoin Morgan | Photo: England Cricket
Eoin Morgan | Photo: England Cricket

He added: “With smacking the ball and being a risk-taker, you are going to fail and when you start failing, failing can happen for a long time. Leave Roy. Give him the opportunity through The Hundred and T20s and back him.”

Jason Roy has struggled so far this summer for England and in the Hundred but, with a T20 World Cup on the horizon, Kevin Pietersen says the opener needs support. Jason Roy has amassed 3954 runs in 107 ODIs averaging 40.35 and 1522 runs in 64 T20Is averaging a modest 24.16. In 2022, his T20I average was a mere 18.73.

Kevin Pietersen: People Will Feel Jason Roy’s Absence If He’s Axed For 7 T20Is In Pakistan

Kevin Pietersen continued by saying that people will feel his absence if a new player doesn’t come good in the T20 series in Pakistan.

“If Rob Key is listening, he is England’s best player and he has been England’s best player for a number of years. What they should be saying is ‘back your best players’. If they replace him and put a new guy in for seven T20s in Pakistan and he fails, people start saying ‘we need Roy for the World Cup’.”

Jason Roy
Jason Roy (Image Credits: Twitter)

The right-handed batter, playing for the Oval Invincibles in The Hundred, perished for a first-ball duck in their opening game against the London Spirit. The 32-year-old made a run-a-ball 10 against Welsh Fire on Sunday.

Despite his slump with the bat, the veteran will likely keep his place for the seven-game T20 series against Pakistan, starting on September 20th. The Pakistan tour will be England’s first since 2005 as Jos Buttler’s men warm themselves up for the forthcoming 2022 T20I World Cup in Australia.

It’s worth noting that the right-handed batter had a mediocre 2021 T20 World Cup, scoring 123 runs in five games at 30.75, striking at 138.20.