Jason Roy scored a stroke filled half century at Old Trafford
Jason Roy scored a stroke filled half century at Old Trafford against Australia on Tuesday.
However, he would be disappointed that he could not make it big.
It was for the third time in a row in the series that Roy had got a fantastic start and was looking all set for the three figure score.
He was hitting the ball sweetly and no Aussie bowler was posing any sort of challenge to him.
But, in the 15th over of the game, when England’s score was 86, Roy came down the track to the debutant left arm spinner Ashton Agar and tried to play an inside out shot, but, he got too close to the ball and was unable to open his shoulders freely to get the elevation that was needed.
He ended up just chipping the ball towards the short extra cover at a catchable height, but, with the force of the bottom hand, he had managed to put some power into it.
However, fielding there at that position was Australia’s best fielder Glenn Maxwell who, after fumbling a little bit, completed the catch and Roy was off to the pavilion.
From the team’s point of view though, Roy had done his job already with that knock in which his strike rate was about 140.
The England captain Eoin Morgan later on in the post match presentation ceremony hailed Roy and said that the Surrey man was picked only because of his ability to express himself at the top of the order and provide the team some real impetus at the start of the innings.
In the words of Morgan, “That’s what you expect from Jason Roy. He is as clean a striker of the ball as you will see.”