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The plan was to sweep and reverse sweep: Jason Roy

Last updated on 04 Mar 2023 | 07:21 AM
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The plan was to sweep and reverse sweep: Jason Roy

The opening batter smashed 132 runs to guide England over the line in the second ODI against Bangladesh and gain an unassailable 2-0 lead

England produced a dominant performance in all three facets of the game to go 2-0 up in the three-match series against Bangladesh away from home. 

The visiting side powered by Jason Roy's brutal 132, ended the Tiger's unbeaten seven ODI series dominance at home. In the post-match press conference, the right-handed batter shared insights on his performance and the plan on the sluggish wickets. 

"It was a plan to sweep and reverse sweep with the amount of turn. To go over the point was the safest option for me. I tried to go over the cover a couple of times, and it was just too slow and too much spin," he said as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo. 

"I think you had to keep your boundary options very simple. You can hit it wherever you want when you get a lot of runs. Out there, hitting the sweeps and reverse sweeps was one of the only boundary options for me today."

"I only faced four balls the other day, it was clearly a lot easier today. But there was a bit more spin, but it was consistent. The other day it was slightly inconsistent bounce as well as turn. It was far lower scoring, whereas today, there was a slow bounce. I think the boys showed a high amount of skill to give us that total," he further added. 

The 32-year-old endured a lukewarm 2022 and was dropped from the England side ahead of the T20 World Cup but has bounced back with a couple of dominant performances in the last couple of games. 

With the ODI World Cup set to commence later this year in India, Roy aims to continue scoring in these conditions and cement his place in the national side. 

"Every single time, scoring a hundred means the world. I worked hard to right my wrongs from the first match. I made a silly mistake then, and I was hungry to make some runs. There are some hundreds in the past when you get to 40, and you feel really free-flowing when you get to the hundred."

"Every place poses a completely different skillsets. None more so somewhere like here. I have scored runs in India. As far as a skillset for batsmen, to score runs in these sort of conditions is as rewarding as it can get. I am very happy to score. The amount we scored today on that wicket in a series-defining match was awesome," he concluded. 

England lock horns against hosts, Bangladesh in the last ODI on Monday, March 6 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram. 

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