|Birth Day:||July 21, 1990|
|Birth Place:||Durban, South Africa|
English batsman who had a breakout season with Surrey in 2010 and has also played with teams like the Chittagong Kings and Sydney Thunder. Jason Roy made his Twenty20 international debut for England in 2014 and his One Day International debut in 2015.
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Jason Roy moved from South Africa to England with his family at age 10. Jason Roy attended Whitgift School and began representing Surrey at the Under-11 level.
Having moved to England along with his family from South Africa when he was 10 years old, he attended The Hawthorns School for a few years, then Whitgift School. He represented Surrey in age group cricket from Under-11 through to Under-19 and Academy level. He took part in the Surrey Under-19 tour to South Africa in 2007, where he top-scored for Surrey with an innings of 51 in a one-day match against Western Province Under-19s.
He was a member of the 2008 intake of players to the Pemberton Greenish Surrey Academy, and on 15 June 2007 made a decisive contribution on his one-day debut for the Surrey second team, scoring 48 from 33 balls in a Second XI Trophy match against Hampshire which Surrey won by 3 runs.
Roy made no further appearances for the Surrey second team in 2007, but was selected to represent the South at Under-17 level in the ECB Regional Festival, held at Loughborough in July 2007, where he played in three matches, against the West, Midlands and North.
In the 2008 season, Roy established himself in the Surrey second team. In his debut in the Second XI Championship, Roy scored 88 from 89 balls against a Hampshire attack which included the South African Test match bowler Nantie Hayward, having come to the crease with Surrey in trouble at 89–4.
He made his debut for the Surrey first team in a Twenty20 Cup match against Middlesex on 27 June 2008, and made his List A debut in the Natwest Pro40 League fixture against Yorkshire on 20 July 2008, the day before his 18th birthday.
In September 2008, Roy was selected for the ECB Elite Player Development squad taking part in a triangular tournament against University Sport South Africa and Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Universities. Roy was selected for two of his team's four matches. In his first match, against University Sport South Africa, Roy batted at number four but was only able to score a single run. His second match was disrupted by the weather and was declared a no result in the thirteenth over of MCC Universities' innings, which was being bowled by Roy.
In 2008, Roy won the Easter Scholarship to spend the 2008/2009 winter at the Darren Lehmann Academy in Adelaide. While in Australia, Roy also played club cricket for Port Adelaide Cricket Club, and was part of the team which won the XXXX Gold Grade 20/20 Competition, scoring 20 runs from 12 balls in the final played at the Adelaide Oval. This was the club's first victory in the competition.
Roy took A-level examinations in Sports Science and Business in 2008, and was offered a place at St. Mary's University College, though he turned down the opportunity in order to concentrate on cricket. On 7 October 2017 Roy married Elle Moore. They had their first child in March 2019. He is a cousin of Dutch-international cricketer Shane Snater.
In April 2009, Roy played in a pre-season match for Surrey against Leeds/Bradford University Centre of Cricketing Excellence. Batting at number five, Roy was dismissed for a duck in Surrey's first innings, but fared better with the ball, taking 2 wickets for 51 runs from five overs.
In spite of his promising performances for the Surrey second team the previous year, Roy was unable to win a place in the team at the beginning of the 2009 season. However, on 25 April 2009, he reminded the county selectors of his ability while playing for his club, Reigate Priory, in a 50-over per side match against the Surrey Second XI. He took a catch as Surrey were dismissed for 157, and opened the innings for Reigate Priory, scoring 69 runs from only 51 balls against a bowling attack including former England international James Ormond before being caught behind. This innings was instrumental in Reigate Priory reaching their target of 158 with more than 22 overs to spare. On 23 May 2009, Roy scored 115 off 88 balls in Reigate Priory's victory over Spencer in the Surrey Championship Premier Division.
Selected for Surrey to play against Warwickshire in the Under-19s County Championship at Whitgift School on 6 July 2009, Roy scored 129 from 106 balls in a drawn match. Following this impressive performance, Roy made his first appearance of the season in Surrey Second XI's match against Somerset at Millfield School on 14 July, scoring 20 in Surrey's first innings. Roy retained his place in the team for the friendly match against Yorkshire Second XI in Guildford on 11 August. Roy top-scored in Surrey's second innings with 45, although Yorkshire won by an innings with a day to spare.
Better performances for his club (including an aggressive 138 from 60 balls against Henley) and the county Second XI in September 2009 led to a recall to the Surrey first team for the NatWest Pro40 League fixture against Leicestershire on 27 September 2009. Roy opened Surrey's innings but scored only 6 runs. However, Surrey won the match by four wickets. This was to be Roy's first and only competitive match for the Surrey first team during the 2009 season.
He made his first-class debut on 24 August 2010 against Leicestershire at Grace Road, and was last man out in Surrey's first innings, scoring 76 runs off 65 balls (including 9 fours and 3 sixes) in Surrey's first innings total of 483. The last four wickets fell for only 7 runs, preventing Roy from scoring a century in his maiden first-class innings. In his second first-class match, Roy scored 69 against Glamorgan on 7 September 2010 and retained his place in the team for Surrey's final County Championship match of the season against Gloucestershire. By the end of the 2010 season, Roy was established as a first team regular in all forms of cricket, and signed a two-year contract with Surrey, which he described as "a dream come true".
On 29 September 2011, Roy was named by the ECB in the England Performance Programme Squad for 2011–12.
Roy made his Twenty20 International debut against India in September 2014, in the only T20I of the series. He was dismissed for 8 in his first international innings. His first international runs were scored when he played a reverse-sweep shot off his second delivery, hitting Ravichandran Ashwin for four runs. He was dismissed by Mohammed Shami after popping a soft catch up to the fielder at cover.
After a brief BBL spell with Sydney Thunder in 2015 he joined the Sydney Sixers for the 2016–17 season. In the first match of the tournament against Sydney Thunder he scored 29 in a winning effort from the Sixers. Then in the second he scored a 40, which included a towering 6 off Shaun Tait. For the third match he was injured, after pulling a back muscle in training.
He made his One Day International debut for England in a one-off ODI against Ireland at Malahide on 8 May 2015, but the match was abandoned due to rain. Roy was then selected again to represent England in the five-match series against New Zealand, in June 2015. In the first match, he was out caught from the first ball of the innings. Despite this, England went on to post a score 408 and went on to win the match. In the second ODI he made 39 but England went on to lose the match, which was affected by rain. England again lost the next match, with Roy this time making 9. He hit 38 in the fourth ODI as England went on to win by seven wickets to level the series at 2-2. He was out for 12 in the final match, which England won to win the series 3–2. In the only T20 match between the sides, Roy made 23 as England won by 56 runs.
He played three games for Gujarat Lions in the 2017 IPL. For the 2018 IPL he played for Delhi Daredevils, for whom he scored a match-winning 91* in his first match. In the 2020 IPL auction, he was bought by the Delhi Capitals ahead of the 2020 Indian Premier League. On 27 August 2020, Roy opted out of 2020 Indian Premier League due to personal reasons and as a result he was replaced by Australian all-rounder Daniel Sams.
Roy played in the only T20I game between England and the West Indies in 2017, being bowled out for a Golden duck by Jerome Taylor. Roy was left out of the first 3 ODIs, however, was recalled by England for the 4th ODI at The Oval. On his return he made 84 runs off 66 balls, helping England to win by 6 runs by DLS. In the 5th and final ODI, Roy made 96 runs off 70 balls as England won by 9 wickets, helping England to clinch a 4–0 series victory.
Roy was bought by Lahore Qalandars for US$70,000 for the 2017 PSL. He played 5 matches scoring 176 runs before leaving early for national duties. In the 2018 PSL draft, he was picked by Quetta Gladiators in the supplementory round as he was partially available. He played just two games for Quetta Gladiators in the season.
In October 2018, he was named in Nelson Mandela Bay Giants' squad as their International Marquee player for the first edition of the Mzansi Super League T20 tournament. In September 2019, he was named in the squad for the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants team for the 2019 Mzansi Super League tournament.
Roy played in the 3 T20Is and ODIs against India in 2018. In the first two T20Is he made scores of 30 and 15 respectively. In the 3rd T20I Roy scored 67 off 31 balls, equalling England's record for the most sixes hit by a player in a T20I innings. Roy made scores of 38 and 40 in the first two ODIs of the series respectively, before missing the 3rd ODI due to injury. England went on to win the series 2–1.
England played a five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka in October 2018, with Roy playing a part in all 5 ODIs. In the first ODI, he made 24 before being caught out. The match was rained off after 15 overs and there was No result. In the next four matches he made scores of 0, 41, 45 and 4 respectively and England won the series 3–1. In the oly T20I of the series, Roy scored 69 off 36 to help England win by 30 runs.
In December 2019, during the 2020 PSL players draft, he was drafted by Quetta Gladiators as their Platinum Category pick, becoming the overall first pick of the draft night. He managed to score 233 runs in 8 innings with a highest score of 73 not out against Peshawar Zalmi.
In April 2019, he was named in England's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. On 3 June 2019, in England's match against Pakistan, Roy scored his 3,000th run in ODI cricket. On 8 June Roy scored 153 runs against Bangladesh at Sophia Gardens which is the second-highest scored by an Englishmen in World Cup cricket, second to only Andrew Strauss' 158 at the 2011 World Cup. During England's win against the West Indies, Roy re-aggravated a hamstring injury he had been suffering with early in the season whilst fielding during the first innings. This led to him not batting during the second innings and missing England's next 3 matches. Roy returned against India in a crucial match for England, who needed to win to keep their qualification fate in their own hands. Roy contributing 66 runs off 57 balls despite not being fully fit, helping England to a 31 run victory.
In July 2019, Roy was named in England's Test squad, for their one-off match against Ireland at Lord's. He made his Test debut in the match, scoring 5 runs in the first innings and 72 off 78 in the second. He kept his place in the team for the first four Tests of the 2019 Ashes series, but was dropped for the fifth after a string of low scores.
On 29 May 2020, Roy was named in a 55-man group of players to begin training ahead of international fixtures starting in England following the COVID-19 pandemic. On 9 July 2020, Roy was included in England's 24-man squad to start training behind closed doors for the ODI series against Ireland. On 27 July 2020, Roy was named in England's squad for the ODI series.
Currently, Jason Roy is 31 years, 2 months and 28 days old. Jason Roy will celebrate 32nd birthday on a Thursday 21st of July 2022.
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