England opener Jason Roy announced himself in the ICC World Cup 2019 with a coruscating 153 off 121 balls against Bangladesh at Cardiff. It was a sparkling effort that helped England achieve a massive 386-6 from their 50 overs and then eventually registers an overall 106-run win that put their campaign back on track.
Roy, who is playing his maiden World Cup, has been England’s reliable opener in ODIs since 2015. While Roy has played 79 matches only, he has already made a significant impact in them – collecting 3153 runs at an average of 42.04 with nine hundred and 15 fifties. These are high numbers for someone so young in international cricket.
Another noticeable aspect of Roy’s performance as an opener has been his ability to play aggressively with consistency. His strike-rate in ODIs is a spectacular 107.06 and indicates how dominating Roy can be. Once he sets in, Roy can score big hundreds that can completely deflate the opposition. Out of his nine hundred, three have been 150-plus scores – 180 v Australia in Melbourne, 162 v Sri Lanka at The Oval and the 153 he hit against Bangladesh at Cardiff.
Jason Roy can intimate the opposition, and it is this feature of his batting that has impressed England captain Eoin Morgan the most.
“He’s very intimidating to play against. If you look at the guy, he has matured from a county cricketer to a full-blown international cricketer, particularly with the temperament he shows at different stages of his innings and how he goes about picking off his boundaries. The rate he gets his runs at is so difficult to defend. He scores all around the ground, he takes good bowlers down and hits good balls for boundaries,” Morgan was quoted as saying to the press after England’s victory against Bangladesh.
At just 28 years of age, Roy has a long career ahead of him. It won’t be surprising if Roy goes on to make his way into the England Test squad soon. He is an attacking opener, has a range of shots, is good against spinners and is an impactful match-winning player. England thus might need him in the Ashes later this year in August.
Morgan too feels that Roy has it in him to be a successful Test opener. “I do think he could play Test cricket at some stage. He has every attribute to be a Test cricketer, whether that is now or in a few years,” Morgan was quoted as saying.
The start that Jason Roy has had in the World Cup 2019 bodes well for him and England. He will be a constant threat to opposition bowlers, and if he continues in this flow, he will keep helping England set up massive totals.
Before this tournament, this English batsman was known as a good and attractive opener who can play a few match-winning knocks. But this World Cup 2019 might well be the coming of Jason Roy – the fearless destroyer of bowling attacks – into the big league.