Surrey’s Jason Roy, who starred in England’s thrashing of Afghanistan in the final warm-up game ahead of the World Cup, says scoring 500 in an ODI is a realistic goal for England in this year’s tournament.
The World Cup gets underway today.
It takes place in England and Wales with Eoin Morgan’s side one of the favourites to win it.
Roy 28-year-old, who smashed an unbeaten 89 from 46 balls – the fourth time in five innings he has passed fifty for his country this summer – added that the hosts have focused on facing spin in preparation for the first World Cup on home soil for 20 years.
Roy struck 11 fours and four sixes on Monday against an attack featuring spinners Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi, as England reached their target of 161 inside 18 overs to win by nine wickets.
“I have done a lot of work,” said Roy, when asked about facing spin. “Heading into a big tournament you are going to be playing on used pitches now and then and against a lot of teams with high-class spinners. I have had to work on it, otherwise you come undone.
“We’ve got the expectations every game now, it doesn’t matter if it’s a World Cup or a series – England are expected to win. We’ve had that for the last two years or more where we’ve gone into series and everyone has expected us to win it. Even in Australia.
“We’re definitely a group of individuals that don’t shy away from being put on that pedestal. We definitely want to get better, we want to add another level.”
Whether that means breaking the 500-barrier during the tournament, Roy said: “We almost did it last year [against Australia at Trent Bridge, where they racked up 481-6] and we had a couple of overs where we were a bit slack in that game, so why not?”
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