Surrey (won toss): 384/8 (96 overs) vs Middlesex
Nick Compton enjoyed a low-key return to professional cricket after a month away from the game on an even first day at Lord’s that was brought to life by a sublime Jason Roy hundred.
Compton, who endured a terrible run of form for England in the Sri Lanka series earlier in the summer, spent all day in the field and took a simple catch as relegation-threatened Surrey recovered from a poor start to reach by close.
Indeed, it was England’s limited-overs opener Roy who stole the show with a punchy 110. It was the 26-year-old’s first first-class hundred in 430 days and only the third time he had passed fifty in the County Championship this season.
Roy has publicly made clear that it is an ambition of his to play Test cricket, and if this innings is anything to go by, then the Durban-born right-hander could be the man to come into the England middle-order after James Vince and Gary Ballance’s recent struggles.
Speaking exclusively to LastWordOnSports this evening, when asked if he could be in contention for England’s winter tours of Bangladesh and India, Roy responded “the calibre of player in that middle order is pretty outstanding so I wouldn’t say they’re fragile at all, but I’d like to think that I can step up.”