Toby Roland-Jones has certainly had a year to remember. Joining the Kinross team in January, the Middlesex seam bowler made his England ODI debut at Lord’s, May 29th, against South Africa, before forcing his way into the Test team against the same opposition at The Kia Oval, July 27th.
His remarkable spell of 4 wickets for 15 runs in 33 balls decimated the tourist’s top order and sent England on their way to a famous victory. Toby’s eight wickets in total, including five in South Africa's first innings, represented the best start to an England bowler’s Test career since 1962, when David Larter took nine for 145 against Pakistan at The Oval.
Toby’s impressive form continued throughout the summer against the West Indies and South Africa, seeing him amass a total of 17 wickets. As on-field success continued, this manifested itself off the field with a kit deal with Kookaburra cricket which will see Toby have all his equipment provided by the iconic brand. As well as being named as a Wisden Cricketer of the year, Toby was recently awarded an incremental ECB contract, proving his part in England’s future plans.
Despite being a certainty to make the Ashes touring party, Toby was cruelly struck down with a stress fracture of his lower back, ruling him out of proceedings down under. Although a hugely disappointing outcome after an outstanding summer, Toby was snapped up by the various media outlets and conducted some impressive work with Test Match Special, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Breakfast TV and World TV Sport.
While we have loved hearing his dulcet tones expertly assessing the events of the contest for the famed urn, we ultimately can’t wait to see Toby get himself back to full fitness and kick on again out in the middle come 2018!