"We sat down and we talked about our Test series against Pakistan.We got beaten in two-and-a-half days in Jamaica and came back and won the second Test. If anything, it's nice to know that over a period of time I've been quite consistent in terms of helping us get decent scores".
Boycott, who played a pivotal role in organising the 1982 England rebel tour of South Africa when sporting links had been cut with the rest of the world because of the apartheid regime, said knighthoods had been bestowed on West Indian cricketers like "confetti".
"We're playing some really good cricket so that does help".
Middlesex seamer Roland-Jones has taken 14 wickets in his first three games, and captain Joe Root said: "Toby unfortunately misses out".
West Indies' struggle in the format has been evident as they managed just two wins in the last 18 games while England enjoy six wins out of the last eight Tests at home. It would have been nice if he had come into the dressing room to talk to the guys and express his displeasure to us. "I'd better black me face", Boycott is reported to have said according to a guest at the event cited by The Daily Mirror.
"I think the only message for those guys is to go out there and take this opportunity", said Root. "And if they want to nail down those spots they have to deal with that and if they get in make it really count".
"But I can tell you right now there's no one more disappointed than the dressing room themselves".
However, Headingley has not been a happy home hunting ground for Root, who has averaged just over 12 in the six innings since scoring his maiden ton at the ground.
"It's not going to make a difference of how I'm going to approach this week. It is just the experience of learning how to play in a very tough environment", he said. "But it's a great chance for Chris now to come back into the side and show his class like he did a year ago".
As for the decision to recall Woakes for his first Test since last winter's tour of India, Root admits: "I think if you had looked at the start of the series and if Woakesy had been fit he would have come into the team straight away on the back of some really strong performances in Test cricket".
"He has been phenomenal for us. We always get fantastic support".