60 odd runs in six innings in the ongoing BBL 07 and Jason Roy finally found form against Australia in the first of the five ODIs against Australia.
“This has been a while coming,” he said of his new England record ODI score of 180. “I had a very tough year in 2017 and being dropped from the side gave me a bit of a kick. You do start questioning yourself and your preparation".
“He chanced his arm,” said Steve Smith, Australia’s captain. If that sounds damning with faint praise, it wasn’t. Smith called Roy’s 180 “an exceptional innings”
Roy too had his say on his sparkling innings. To give them a bit of their own medicine was quite nice,” he said. “Obviously the boys have copped it a bit over the last month and to see Woody coming in and doing that is a huge positive for us. He’s a massive asset" said the England opener.
“To be at the MCG and get a score like that in the first game of the series incredibly special – it’s an absolute honor to be honest.
“It is extremely special, especially after the Test series which was quite tough and we knew the boys would be a bit down".
“It was our job to lighten the mood and bring some positivity. We’ve done that and there are a lot more smiles around the place now" Roy concluded.