Roy vows not to ‘settle for mediocrity’

Sports Desk | Published: 22:57, Oct 03,2016

 
 

England batsman Jason Roy prepares to bat during a training session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Monday. — AFP photo

Jason Roy is striving for perfection as he looks to continue England’s recent momentum in the one-day arena, reports Press Association.
England have undergone a stunning metamorphosis under captain Eoin Morgan following their humiliating early exit from the World Cup 18 months ago.
Roy has been central to England’s resurgence in both shorter formats, typically setting an aggressive tone alongside Alex Hales at the top of the order.
This bold approach will be heavily tested on the subcontinent this winter, starting in Bangladesh, where they play the first of three ODIs in Dhaka on Friday.
The bombastic Surrey batsman, who has scored three hundreds since
coming into the team last year, is looking forward to the challenge.
He said: ‘It’s been a crazy year and a half, close to two years. I’ve loved every minute of it.
‘I’ve still got work to do of course, a lot more runs to be scored, a few more hundreds and stuff like that.
‘I’m one of those guys that doesn’t settle for mediocrity, I want it to always be better.
‘Of course I want to improve, I want to get more hundreds and win some more games for England, but I’m pretty happy with where I’m at mentally at the moment.’
Roy will have a new partner at the top of the order in Tuesday’s practice match against a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI in Fatullah following Hales’ refusal to commit to the tour due to security fears.
The battle to claim pole position for the ODIs appears to be between Ben Duckett, yet to make his England debut, and Moeen Ali, who has made a couple of hundreds as opener but has settled for a place down the order following the success of Roy and Hales - although James Vince is another option.
Roy said: ‘Whoever comes in deserves their place and it’s exciting to be honest. They’ve got a huge opportunity to state their mark on international cricket.
‘Whether it’s Ben Duckett or whoever, I’ve been batting with a few of the guys in the nets. I don’t know who I’m going to open with but I’ll just get on with it.
‘If it is the new man Duckett I’ll help him out throughout the way, he’s going to be nervous but he obviously deserves to be here.’
Stifling heat and humidity will be a theme of England’s winter schedule, their next ODI assignment after playing the Tigers will be in India after Christmas, and how they combat it may go a long way to deciding their fortunes.
It was a feature of their morning practice session at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, and Roy acknowledged the team will have to adjust.
He said: ‘Probably getting your fluids on more than anything, that’s probably the hardest thing, because you don’t realise how much you’re sweating and the next minute you’re feeling a bit weird.
‘Concentration is going to be a key, ticking over and trying to bat for as long as possible.
‘But you can’t think about it too much, you’ve just got to get on with your job, score runs and that’s it.’ 

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