ENG vs AUS 2018: Kumar Sangakkara backs Jason Roy to continue his sparkling ODI form

Jason Roy smashed a century in the fourth ODI.

Jason Roy (L) and Joe Root (R) | Source AFP

Former Sri Lankan captain, Kumar Sangakkara has backed Jason Roy to continue his sparkling England ODI form. Sangakkara reckons it just the beginning for Jason Roy in One-Day Internationals. The explosive England opener smashed 101 runs in 83 deliveries in the fourth ODI against Australia to move up his team 4-0 in the bilateral series.

"It's been frustrating for him and Surrey that he has this power game but has never really adapted to being consistent and scored impactful innings one after the other," said the former Sri Lanka skipper. 

"But the way he has worked his game out - he talked in the morning about being self-aware and mature - has got him to a stage where he is starting to realise how to construct innings.

"It's not all about power - it's about touch, batting in a partnership and taking responsibility, which are good signs for England and Roy.

"You don't want Jason to be a player with immense talent who doesn't fulfill it and I think this is just the start.

"A lot of players blindly talk to other players and try out whatever advice is given but he has worked out a method and this is the blueprint he needs to work on.

"He used to hit beautiful shots to fielders and not think about running - he'd admire his position and miss singles and the pressure would mount on him to hit boundaries.

"Now he is hitting mid-off and mid-on with soft hands - his strike rotation has helped him immensely."

Alongside Kumar Sangakkara, former England captain Nasser Hussain also believes Jason Roy has started to play big innings despite his poor performance in the previous matches for England.

"Jason used to get a hundred and then go out in the next games, club it in the air and not start again," said Hussain. "He would also get pretty thirties and forties and think he has to keep going at the same tempo.

"What he has done in this series is reined himself in at times, knocking it around against spin, and then gone hard again. He has been very smart. Nasser Hussain concluded.

The wicket-keeper batsman, Jos Buttler was also a star player in the fourth ODI match, he smashed 54 off 29 deliveries to power his team to a six-wicket win over Australia, after his match-winning knock Sangakkara termed him as the most important player in the team. 

"He adapted beautifully to the conditions - it wasn't the easiest wicket to settle in but he came in and made it look so easy," Sangakkara added of Buttler.

"It was about good cricket shots, it was about trusting his game. He moves around the crease but what I love is that he is still and solid when he comes into his stroke.

"He is never out of position and can adapt to variations of pace, variations in the wicket. That is why, to me, he is the most important English player." Kumar Sangakkara concluded. 

(Inputs from Sky Sports) 



By Kunal Kataria - 22 Jun, 2018

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