England thrashed Australia 4-1 in the five-match ODI series after being humiliated in the Ashes.
However, England who was being considered as the favourites to win the T20 Tri-series is suffering a sudden slump in form, as they have lost two consecutive T20I’s by the hands of hosts.
Australia, on the other hand, has gone through a transformation phase in the series and had three wins in three matches.
England was handed their second successive loss at the hands of Australia in the third T20 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne. For the visitors, the batsmen failed to score once again.
The English top-order struggled to lay a foundation for the middle-order batsmen. Jason Roy, who scored a massive hundred in the first ODI but has struggled to find some form in the rest of the rest of the ODI as well as the T20 series.
Australia had already booked a place for themselves in the final of the tri-series but, on the other hand, England needs to get back to winning ways with the next leg to be played in New Zealand.
Jason Roy believes the team is hungry to win and back themselves to reach the final of the series.
“We’ve underperformed as a team, and because of that, we’ve got a bee in our bonnet. We want to make sure the next game is a strong performance. It’s not just about being aggressive and hitting the ball out of the park; it’s recognising we have got the firepower and being smarter with it. Playing aggressive cricket, an aggressive brand and all that, that’s not just what we’re about. In the past, we’ve played a lot smarter cricket. It’s been hugely frustrating because of the line-up we’ve got.”
England team is struggling with their skipper getting ruled out due to a groin injury. Another absentee from the squad is the long-time missing Ben Stokes, who has been added to the squad for the ODI’s against New Zealand in New Zealand.
Talking about team’s perspective on his return, Roy said,
“There hasn’t been any chat about it if I’m honest. It’s out of our hands and has been for the last few months. He’s a great asset to our side obviously, not just on the park but off the field as well with his positivity. It would be great to have him here but who knows what will happen. He’s been missed the whole Ashes, the one-day series, the T20s – he’s a star player and extremely important to us. There’s no shying away from that. It will be good to have him back, hopefully.”
Talking about his performance,
“I’ve underperformed in quite a few of my last T20 games which has been hugely frustrating. I’m a pretty honest bloke with myself, especially in where I’m at, so I know that the next few games are hugely important. I don’t know where I’ve kind of been at the last two games. I just need to play stronger shots.”
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