Roy: 'Huge opportunity for new England opener'

A vacancy has opened up at the top of the England order following Alex Hales' decision to miss the tour of Bangladesh due to security fears.

Jason Roy - cropped

England batsman Jason Roy prepares for net practice in Dhaka.

England batsman Jason Roy is unsure who he will be opening the batting with in this week's first one-day international against Bangladesh, but knows his new partner has a golden chance to shine. 

A vacancy has opened up at the top of the England order following Alex Hales' decision to miss the tour of Bangladesh due to security fears. Roy therefore appears likely to be partnered by either Ben Duckett - a newcomer to the international scene who has excited at domestic level - or the versatile Moeen Ali, who has previously enjoyed success as an opener in ODIs. 

"Whoever comes in deserves their place," said Roy ahead of England's first practice match against a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI in Fatullah. "They've got a huge opportunity to state their mark on international cricket. I've been batting with a few of the guys in the nets, I don't know who I'm going to open with but I'll just get on with it." 

Renowned as an aggressive batsman, Roy is focused on not giving his wicket away early when the three-match ODI series begins on Friday. "I probably won't change my approach mentally, but maybe a couple of things technically," he added. "Really it's all very similar, trying to get the team off to a good start - the first 15-20 balls are going to be huge, getting myself in. "I'm one of those guys that doesn't settle for mediocrity, I want it to always be better."