CWC 2019: Eoin Morgan calls ton-machine Jason Roy a 'luxury' for England

Andrew Baldock 23:56 08/06/2019
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Jason Roy.

England captain Eoin Morgan hailed Jason Roy as “a luxury” following the riches of his brilliant 153 that helped demolish World Cup opponents Bangladesh.

England finished on 386 for six, then dismissed Bangladesh for 280 to make it two wins from three ahead of next Friday’s appointment with West Indies in Southampton.

“It’s a luxury,” Morgan said, of the Surrey batsman. “Probably particularly you guys more than anybody, people in the general support of cricket, talk about scoring hundreds. He’s an exception to the rule.

“He just goes on and gets big scores. They can range from 140 to 180, and the rate he can get them at, it is so difficult to defend.

“He scores all the way around the ground, he takes really good bowlers down, he hits good balls for boundaries. He’s great to have in the side.

“One of his biggest strengths at the moment is his temperament.

“It might surprise a lot of people with me saying that, but if you look at the guy as he has matured from a county cricketer into the full-blown international cricketer he is now.

“The temperament he shows at different stages of the innings and how he goes picking off his boundaries, and the areas in which he scores – from the start of his international cricket to right now, I think there is a considerable difference.”

Reflecting on the victory, Roy told Sky Sports: “We wanted to give ourselves the best chance possible.

“We’ve been doing pretty well together over the last couple of years, so we just go out there and get the job done.”

We’ve put in an all-round performance and righted our wrongs. We didn’t know what the pitch was going to behave like, but we know with this team, no matter what we get in the first 10 overs, batting through the whole 50 we are going to get enough.”

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