Having already lost the ODI series against host India, England is looking to collect the positives from the failed venture where the visitor put up a good fight each time before losing the first two matches. Ask Jason Roy about the loss and the English opener says the losses have enough to offer in positives which could help his country prepare for the upcoming Champions Trophy in June this year.
The England opener said that his team will now try to avoid a 3-0 rout by winning the last match of the series here. “Of course you want to finish the series on a high but every game from now on till the Champions Trophy is going to be stepping blocks for us,” Roy said looking at the next big international engagement, which will be held in England in June.
Roy said that his team did well enough in both the matches against India but lost to some outstanding individual performances put up by the host. “We have got a lot of positives to take from the last few games. We have scored 350 in the first game and 366 in the second and there are enough positives in those efforts,” he said. “There is nothing wrong with our team but we have been undone by some incredible individual performances (by the Indians). We are a confident side and whatever we come up against, we are pretty confident,” Roy added.
With his regular opening partner Alex Hales returning home with a fractured hand, Roy said he would well like to get a big partnership going when he was asked about Sam Billings, who is likely to open with him. “He (Billings) is a fiery batsman and if he gets the role of No. 2, that would be great,” Roy said.
Meanwhile, England announced Jonathan Bairstow as the replacement for Alex Hales in T20I squad.