With new tactical nous, Jason Roy backs himself to deliver
“I put too much pressure on myself to go out there and whack it from ball one,” says England opener
13 March 2016 23:19
With a 36-ball 55, Roy was the highest scorer against New Zealand in England's first warm-up game.
Jason Roy, the England opener, expected things to get a bit feisty in the clash on Monday (March 14), which will be England’s final Twenty20 warm-up ahead of its opening ICC World Twenty20 2016 match against the West Indies.
"There are four of our guys playing against us, so no doubt they will be putting a huge shift in," said Roy. “We've had inter-squad games and stuff for my county, Surrey, and also internationally. It does get very feisty, very aggressive. You might fall out for the night but we're all mates so it's all good.”
In its first warm-up match, England did well against New Zealand, winning by six wickets. The clash against the MCA XI offers one last chance to acclimatise to Indian conditions before its tournament opener.
"I'll take it the same as the New Zealand game - a bit of match time, taking what I have been working on into a game situation,” said Roy. “It doesn't really matter who you are playing against, it's just the environment of being in the middle of the stadium and taking it all in."
With a 36-ball 55, Roy was the highest scorer against New Zealand – a welcome slice of form after a tough time during the two Twenty20 Internationals in South Africa. He said the break since then had helped him gather his thoughts.
"I just didn't get going like I'm used to in South Africa," he admitted. “(Opening) is a nice role to have, however you can put too much pressure on yourself like I did. I put too much pressure on myself to go out there and whack it from ball one. I've got to realise I need to give myself time. I'm not a robot.
"A bit of tactical nous instead of just trying to bludgeon the ball is something I've learned a huge amount about in the last two and a half weeks. Mentally I've been getting myself ready for that back at the Oval.”
England is in Group 1 alongside Afghanistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies.