England’s Ashes campaign ended with a tumultuous 4-0 against Australia. However, the visitors are now looking forward to a thumping ODI series. The win of the team in the first ODI was iconic as they scaled the strong score of 304 runs posed by Australia with more than an over to spare. The landmark chase featured the record breaking score of Jason Roy, who plundered 180 runs playing only 151 balls. With the tally, Roy became the highest scorer in the format as an England player. Adding more spice, Roy played until the 43rd over in the inning, which is the longest unbeaten stretch in ODI history. Still, with such a hefty record, England opener Roy credited his form to his team-mates in the middle order.
Per the batsman, the primary aspect in batting is ‘knowing how good each other is’. Roy emphasized that England’s middle order is ‘incredibly special and talented’. This the reason England can win any match in the format, the player believes. He added, such a form provides good confidence to play at the top order. Roy focused to built a good foundation to make a mark in rest of the four matches. About his own score, he said, winning with such a performance is “extremely special”. Roy did not play the Ashes series and it could have been an added advantage for England. The player is fresh in the campaign with an incredible positivity to shun the appalling defeat of his team in the previous series.
In the after-match interview, Roy also mentioned about 2017 as a ‘very tough year’. The player was dropped from the ODI team. However, he used this failure as an opportunity to kick back his form playing in domestic circuit. He got a massive return building up his performance in ODI and T20I. The opener said the improvement was ‘just a case of clearing’ his head. He played no new techniques or batting actions. The player even maintained a regular routine. He said his mentality was to “bat 50 overs on good pitches in Australia.” Is only stance in the match was to play the ball a bit late and finding gaps.
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