Jason Roy © Getty Images
Jason Roy © Getty Images

After an overwhelming 0-4 defeat against Australia in the 2017-18 Ashes, England hit back in emphatic style. Jason Roy’s 181 powered England to first ODI win from five-match series against Australia in MCG on Sunday. Roy’s 180 is the highest individual ODI score by an English batsman. It was also Roy’s maiden century against Australia. Roy also support from Joe Root who scored a 110-ball 91. However, it has not been an easy road for Roy. In the 5-ODI series against West Indies, Roy part of the playing XI for only 2 ODIs. He has played 16 ODIs in 2017 scoring 533 runs at 33.31 (but at a strike rate of 104) that include 6 fifties.

Addressing the press-conference, Roy credited the England middle-order for supporting him. He also recalled his tough days in 2017 and the importance of winning the first ODI for England after losing the Ashes series.

“Knowing our middle order is incredibly special”

“I think the main thing is knowing how good each other is. Knowing our middle order is incredibly special and talented and can win games from anywhere. To have that behind you gives you so much confidence at the top of the order. But it’s one win, four more games to go. 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.”

“I had a very tough year in 2017”

“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. It kind of gave me a bit of a kick to recognise where I’m at, where my preparation is and start building up a platform to get ready for internationals. It has turned round incredibly quickly, that’s the nature of this game – especially in one-day and T20 cricket.”

“It was our task to come in and lighten up the mood”

“We knew the boys were going to be a bit down and it was our task to come in and lighten up the mood, bring the positivity and get the boys going. I think we’ve done it and there’s a lot more smiles going on now. It’s a good start to the series but it’s by no means finished, we want to be as ruthless as possible.”