Jason Roy hopes to follow in England team-mate’s footsteps

Published: Sunday 15th November 2015 by The News Editor

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Jason Roy is hoping to follow the example set by his opening partner Alex Hales as he tries to “crack on” to a maiden England century of his own.

Roy shared a stand of 102 with Hales in Abu Dhabi as Eoin Morgan’s tourists hit back to level the one-day international series against Pakistan at 1-1 with two to play.

But it was the latter who stayed the course to put England on track for the victory which has kept the series alive, Hales’ first century at this level after two previous 50s in his 21 innings so far.

Roy reached 54 but holed out at mid on, his third half-century in just 12 attempts – none of which has yet exceeded 67.

He is heartened that Hales has raised the bar – and with those two more chances in ODIs on this tour, he hopes he can do likewise.

“I’ve just got to kick on now,” said the Surrey batsman.

“It’s a mindset thing, starting again on 50 – getting there, and then saying ‘Right, now I’m on nought’.

“(I need to) maintain the positive mindset, but then crack on.”

He believe Hales too should be able to do that in Test cricket, with extra confidence after his return to form against the white ball.

Hales is sure to be named in England’s Test squad this week to travel to South Africa over Christmas and New Year – with most predicting he will then make his debut as Alastair Cook’s new opening partner in Durban on Boxing Day.

Roy said: “He’s got his maiden (ODI) hundred – and that was his key task for this trip.

“Now that he’s crossed that kind of hurdle, I think he’d be more than ready (for the step into Tests).”

In the more immediate term, England have a chance to push for series victory after their success at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Friday.

Reflecting on his own performance there, and the team’s, Roy said: “It was extremely satisfying, and a great turnaround as well after the disappointment of the first game

“To turn it round like we did was an outstanding effort with bat and ball.”

England will face Pakistan again in Sharjah on Tuesday.

Published: Sunday 15th November 2015 by The News Editor

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