T20 World Cup 2021 – BD vs Eng

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Roy struck Shakib Al Hasan’s first ball for 4 on the way in which to a commanding 61 from 38 balls

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Jason Roy was the one batter on both aspect to move 30 in England’s thumping Tremendous 12s win towards Bangladesh in Abu Dhabi and credited his work within the nets dealing with Liam Dawson as a key think about his success.

England had anticipated Bangladesh to open the bowling with left-arm spin, as many groups have towards Roy and Jos Buttler during the last 18 months, and Roy set the tone for a simple chase by carving Shakib Al Hasan’s first ball away for 4 by means of cowl level. In all, he scored 21 runs from the 15 balls of left-arm spin he confronted, and mentioned that his work towards Dawson – a reserve in England’s squad – had been important.

“As a batsman – as a cricketer – you at all times have some darker ideas going into your thoughts earlier than the sport: ‘what if, this will occur, this will occur’,” Roy mentioned, “however you simply should remind your self that your coaching has been so good.

“I labored a hell of lots towards Liam Dawson within the nets. He is been bowling a lot to me which has actually helped my sport. I’ve simply obtained to maintain reminding myself to do what I do in coaching, and issues will likely be all proper

“I believe it is an space of my sport I have been working extraordinarily exhausting on, on sluggish pitches towards left-arm spinners and the angle as such. It was an enormous sport for me to go on the market right now put all of the exhausting work I have been doing into the nets into play. Credit score to the bowlers however nonetheless, to knock it off, [I’m] very happy.”

Opposing captains have usually focused Roy with spin early in his innings in recent times however his T20 file towards it has progressively improved of late. In 2018 and 2019, he averaged simply 17.14 towards left-arm spin, with a strike fee of 134.83; because the begin of final yr, he has averaged 30.33 and struck at 135.82.

He was usually subdued towards it after his early boundary off Shakib, knocking singles into gaps, however issued a reminder of his energy sport by thumping Nasum Ahmed straight again over his head for six to deliver up his fifty.

“It is part of my sport that has improved lots,” Roy mentioned. “Immediately was a really massive check for me coming in with two left-arm spinners, two left-arm seamers and an offspinner. I needed to actually use all the talents I’ve learnt, and it appeared to work.”

Eoin Morgan, England’s captain, mentioned: “It was good for him and Dawid [Malan, who made 28 not out] to get a while on the wicket. With Jason, the way in which he performs is so imposing on the wicket and while you play like that on actually sluggish wickets, it makes it very tough to set fields and [decide] who to bowl. It is nice to see him in good contact.”

Roy additionally addressed England’s determination to take a knee earlier than the sport – as they’d executed towards West Indies – after Quinton de Kock’s controversial and last-minute withdrawal from South Africa’s aspect on Tuesday. England had meant to proceed the ‘second of unity’ that they’d noticed throughout their residence summer season, however opted to take a knee as an alternative after the ICC advised them that sporting their anti-discrimination t-shirts would contravene the match’s equipment rules.

“It is an integral a part of the way in which we play our cricket,” Roy mentioned. “Our crew is extraordinarily numerous with individuals from all around the world. It is solely proper that we assist that and we assist what they’re going by means of.”

Matt Curler is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98

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