Kevin Pieterson was not the only cricketer playing against the country that raised him in the Fourth Test this week.

Whitgift schoolboy Jason Roy, who grew up in South Africa before moving to England as a 10-year-old in 2000, twice came on as a sub for England during the match which the home country won by six wickets.

He made his debut as a replacement for Andrew Flintoff on Friday, staying on for one over, before again appearing for four overs on Sunday.

“I had a little bit of action,” he said.

“I fielded a ball in the boundary and had to chase a few balls.

“I was a little bit nervous but it’s all part of the game. You will always be quite nervous infront of that amount of people but it was a great experience just seeing how true professionals act around the game.”

Roy was allowed to join the squad in the dressing room and got a few words of encouragement from new captain Pieterson.

“He had a few quiet words with me but they were more about general chit chat,” said Roy.

“He didn’t mention much about the game, he was just a very nice bloke.

“It was another good experience to know what they are like off the pitch, they were very professional.

“They made me feel quite welcome and obviously when they needed to concentrate I left them to concentrate.”

Roy played cricket as a schoolboy in South Africa before joining Chipstead in 2000 and then moving to the Hawthorn’s School in Bletchingly.

He now plays for Reigate Priory and last season appeared three times for Surrey’s first team, lining up alongside Mark Ramprakash and Scott Newman.

Having just finished A-levels in Sports Science and Business, the results of which are due out on Thursday, he turned down the chance to study at St Mary’s University to concentrate on his cricket.

“The exams should be alright hopefully,” he said.

“I knew cricket was what I wanted to do and I could have gone to St Mary’s but I just want to concentrate on my cricket.

“My plans are to keep working hard. I’ve got training in the winter so I will work hard during that and hopefully have a good season next year.”