England right-handed batsman Jason Roy has teed off against Australian bowlers in the first One-day International of five-match series before bringing up his fourth hundred at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) which saw the visitors chasing down the highest score at the venue.
“It was an absolute honour to be out there on the MCG and to get a score like that, to win our first game of the series is incredibly special,” delighted Roy was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
Roy stated the positive mindset had worked wonders as he remarked he was playing his natural game after coming to chase down the target of 305.
“I’ve got 50 overs to bat and if I bat 50 overs on good pitches in Australia I’m going to get to a good score, and that was my mentality,” Roy recalled about his innings.
The 27-year-old Durban-born Roy has smashed 180 off 151 balls, as his incredible innings was comprised of 16 boundaries and five sixes, as he believes England has a solid unit while remarking the middle-order has the ability to register victories.
“I think the main thing is knowing how good each other is,” Roy asserted.
When Roy was batting on 91 he was given LBW by an on-field umpire on the bowling of leg-spinner Adam Zampa. However, the successful review saw the English batter demolishing the touted Australian bowling attack.
Roy further stated they had worked hard on their game and everyone is ready to contribute as according to the explosive batsman who has been further inconsistent remarks the confidence has a lot on offer in the ongoing series.
“Knowing each other’s roles is important and everybody knows their own roles. That’s something we’ve built on and got a good foundation now. But it’s one win, four more games to go,” Roy added.
Interestingly, Roy, who also becomes the highest individual run score in the 50-over format for England while observing his past games which according to him has been rough.
“It’s been a while coming, I had a very tough year in 2017 … being dropped from the side and then being brought back into it towards the end of the year,” Roy concluded
Roy surpasses his teammate Alex Hales, who scored 171 off 122 balls at Nottingham in 2016 against Pakistan.
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