English cricketer James Anderson has said that Toby Roland-Jones has shown “all the attributes” to do well in Australia were he to be called up for the winter Ashes tour.
Roland-Jones has been hugely impressive so far in his Test debut at The Oval and took 5-57 as South Africa were bowled out for 175 in their first innings on day three of the third Test.
Anderson cautioned against getting carried away over Roland-Jones’ success, but he did say that it’s encouraging how quickly he has settled into the team.
Speaking over the weekend he said, “I was very impressed. It’s not often you see a debutant settle as quickly as he did, and it was brilliant to see. He looked very comfortable and very confident. He knows his action, knows his game very well. It’s a perfect pitch for him. He’s a very intelligent cricketer and he thoroughly deserved his five wickets. He could definitely [succeed in Australia]. He gets bounce, he can swing the ball, seam it, so he’s got all the attributes. But he’s only one game in, so we’ll just take things one step at a time.””
Anderson also praised opener Keaton Jennings after he scored 34 not out in the second innings to help England extend their lead to 252 before play was stopped due to rain.
“He’s been pretty good,” added Anderson. “Sometimes you do see it in people when they go through a bad trot, you can see them struggling in and around the group. But he has dealt with it very well. Obviously, it’s been frustrating for him, but seeing how he and Tom Westley got through that tricky period today, that might be what he needs to kick-start a good run of form.”