England opener Jason Roy hailed Liam Livingstone for his bowling cameo in their eight-wicket win against Bangladesh on Wednesday.
After being asked to bowl first, England held on Bangladesh to 124/9 in the first innings.
Left-arm pacer Tymal Mills (3/27) and Moeen Ali (2/18) caused the damage to the Bangladesh batting order but bowling Livingstone on a sluggish pitch was a big trick employed by Eoin Morgan.
Liam Livingstone is doing extremely well for us: Jason Roy
The Lancashire player was surprised with a couple of big wickets- first he trapped Bangladesh’s top-scorer of the day, Mushfirur Rahim for LBW and later got the wicket of skipper Mahmudullah.
The part-time leg-spinner impressed with the ball as he returned with the figures of 3/15 from his three-over spell.
Roy said that Livingstone may have more of a bowler’s role to play further in the tournament for England.
“He’s (Liam Livingstone) doing extremely well for us and holding up an average is extremely positive. Especially as the tournament goes on where the pitches might get a little bit harder against spin, who knows, he might have more of a role to play,” Roy said in a post-match press conference.
“Yeah, he’s been working extremely hard. It’s been great having Moeen and Rash (Rashid) on the side as well, and he learns a lot from them and Jeetan Patel, our spin coach, as well, has been giving him some words of wisdom. It’s paying off for him,” he added.
I don’t think we took too much of a foot wrong: Jason Roy
England chased the low score in 14.1 overs with Roy smashing 61 off 38 balls with five fours and three sixes to bag the player of the match award.
Roy applauded his teammates for their clinical performance against Bangladesh that registered their second win on the trot.
“We bowled extremely well. Take nothing away from the bowlers. I don’t think we took too much of a foot wrong. We took our catches and fielded and bowled really well. It was a pitch that was on the slow side, and if you bowled straight and on a good length, it was quite hard to get away,” Roy said.
“We got off to a great start with the bat and then just capitalised on a lower total. We kept it very simple and stuck to what we do best. We don’t look too much into what a lot of other teams do. We make sure that everything in our camp is right and we’re doing our roles right. And today was another day that we bowled extremely well and we were clinical with the bat,” he added.
England will play their next match against Australia in Dubai on October 30.