Australia take swipe at England's Jason Roy ahead of Ashes series

Josh Hazlewood believes the new opener could struggle to adapt to life in the red-ball format as the series prepares to get underway

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Australia have begun the verbal jousting ahead of the Ashes after Josh Hazlewood questioned whether England's Jason Roy can adapt to opening in Test cricket.

The Baggy Green typically like to wage war on their great rivals in the media, with Nathan Lyon infamously insisting the team wanted to "end the careers" of England players prior to the last series in 2017-18.

Hazlewood himself was part of that assault on Joe Root's side, claiming Australia wanted to "open scars" and though the seamer's latest takedown is not as brutal, he has attempted to get into the minds of the hosts.

Roy is the target of the comments which come just days before the start of the first Test at Edgbaston starting on August 1. The Surrey man is due to open the innings after just a single outing against Ireland last week, and Hazlewood warns translating his one-day form into the Test arena is easier said than done.

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"We'll see how Roy goes in Test cricket. He 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," Hazlewood said. 

"In England, opening is probably the toughest place to bat which probably made Alastair Cook's record all the better. To play attacking cricket in those conditions is tough.

"Aaron Finch found it tough last summer against a quality India attack on wickets that didn't do too much to be honest. I think he found it a big step up to be honest. 

"He found the ball swung and seamed around and the wickets were a lot different to a one-day wicket. He'd played a lot of his four-day cricket at five or six and I think Roy is the same at Surrey. It's hard to bat five at a level below and then open in Test cricket. We'll see."

Roy began his Test career with a maiden half-century in the second innings of the one-off Test against Ireland, having made just five first up.

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