Eoin Morgan, England’s captain, heaped praise on Jason Roy for being the batsman he is for England. The right-hander slammed a superb 150 for England, helping them beat Bangladesh by over 100 runs.
Speaking about the game, Morgan said England’s performance was much more clinical than what they did against Pakistan – a game they lost. “It was an improvement on the other day right throughout the whole game, right from the start. We continued to lose wickets throughout our innings against Pakistan and today the opening stand laid a solid platform,” said Morgan after the game.
“I don’t think it was that easy up front, I don’t think the ball came on to the bat a lot, the first four or five overs proved that. We didn’t really go anywhere. I thought Jason and Jonny were outstanding, assessed the conditions well, waited for the bat ball and waited to impose themselves on the innings,” the England captain said.
Morgan added that having some one like Roy in the team was a luxury. “It’s a luxury. 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 them it at is so difficult to defend. He scores all the way around the ground, he talks 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’s a considerable difference.”
Morgan ruled out any serious injury with Jos Buttler, saying he was confident that it will be sorted soon. “There’s no serious concern that moment. He’s going to be monitored over the next 48 hours but at the moment it’s more precautionary rather than not being able to do his job. It’s his hip. I’m quite confident that it’s not a serious injury.”
Morgan also was full of praise for his pacers Jofra Archer and Mark Wood, saying the pace they operated in made it difficult for the batsmen. “It’s unbelievable. Probably the slow nature of the pitch made it more difficult to play. Shorter balls didn’t fly through. On a quick-natured pitch it’s easier to play or get out the way of. It follows you when it’s slower so today it was ideal. The way (Archer) finished. We’ve seen him start extremely well. We’d like to bowl them out to get our rate up for the tournament and he wanted the ball in the 44th over.”