“We’ll see how Roy goes in Test cricket. He’s has only played one Test match and it’s a lot different opening the batting in a Test than a one-day game, that’s for sure,” he said in the days before the first Test.
The comments were viewed as provocative by the England camp and struck a nerve with Roy himself.
“It is what it is, they can say what they want. He said Test cricket is hard and he’s right, that’s just stating the obvious. If he has said that I won’t succeed in Test cricket then that’s a little bit harsh,” Roy said. “We’ll see in a few days”.
Hazlewood didn’t get a shot at him at Edgbaston, where Roy made scores of 10 and 28 and was criticised for a careless dismissal in the second innings when England were playing for a draw, but took only moments to send him on his way for a third-ball duck at Lord’s.
After a wild swing and a miss at Hazlewood’s first ball, Roy was then beaten by a gem of a delivery that careered past his outside edge, before he prodded at the next one and nicked it to Paine behind the stumps.