Jason Roy’s Ashes series has been a nightmare and the opener couldn’t contain his frustration after copping an absolute peach from Pat Cummins.
Roy, averaging 8.85 as a Test opener, had the opportunity to settle in ahead of England’s record run chase on Day Three of the third Test.
But his dismissal left captain Joe Root to lead the charge as England rallied at 134-2 during a hard fought Day Three contest.
Cummins produced a ball, on par with Stuart Broad’s insane delivery earlier in the Test, that many claimed was the ball of the Ashes so far.
What a delivery. Too good for Jason Roy. Completely bamboozled him😆 https://t.co/MivEAt6UM7— Akhil Sethi (@akhilsethi) August 24, 2019
This prompted Roy to scream “f**k off” when walking off the field in a clear sign of his frustration throughout the Ashes.
Roy hasn’t been able to produce his scintillating ODI form from the World Cup in the red-ball format.
His average, of 8.85, as an opener after seven innings is the second-lowest in Test history for someone who has opened at least seven times.
In fairness to Roy, Joe Denly said batting against Australia’s in-form bowling attack on Day Three was the hardest challenge so far.
Denly chalked up his first 50 of the series after coming the crease with his side in crisis at 2-15 on Saturday and showed a guts and determination that was lacking from the whole England batting line-up in their pitiful 67 all out on Friday.
The 34-year-old was made to scrap for every run by the miserly Australian attack in a vigil that lasted 155 balls as he and skipper Joe Root, who finished 75 not out, put on 126 for the third wicket.
Pat Cummins (1-33), Josh Hazlewood (2-35), James Pattinson (0-23) and Nathan Lyon (0-42) all bowled magnificently with just 22 runs coming from the final 21 overs of the day in a fascinating contest between bat and ball at a sun-drenched Headingley.
Denly was dismissed by Hazlewood when a rising delivery hit him on the gloves and Tim Paine took the catch and then said what he'd faced at Headingley was as tough as anything he's experienced as his side closed on 3-156 - a deficit of 203 runs .
"It was tough, they made you work hard and are obviously very aggressive as well," Denly said.
"It's probably some of the hardest batting to do, in terms of getting runs
"The bowlers weren't too bad in terms of chirping, obviously when you lose early wickets they get their tails up and find that extra bit of energy.