England batsman Jason Roy, who played a key role in team’s victory against New Zealand in the warm up match of the ICC World T20, says the side has taken massive confidence from the win. (Full Coverage|| Fixtures||Photos)
“I think Saturday’s win was a huge win and the confidence we take from that (the win) is massive,” the 25-year-old player said in Mumbai on Sunday ahead of the team’s practice session at the Wankhede stadium.
Roy had blasted a quickfire half century to guide England to a six-wicket win over New Zealand in a keenly-contested match as they chased a competitive 169 put on the board by the Kiwis.
“It was a great start for myself and the team. Obviously it was good to put some stuff I’ve been working on in practice into a match, always good to get out there and spend time with Halesy (Alex Hales) as well. I’ve been enjoying the environment and working hard as well,” he said.
When asked whether Liam Dawson was a third spin option for the side, he opined, “That’s obviously an option for us. That’s up to the captain and the coaches to decide. Obviously (Liam Dawson) Daws is a class bowler and is there if we need him but at the moment I think we are doing a good enough job.”
On whether spin will play a big part in the tournament, Roy said, “Well we are in India and usually the conditions here favour them so . . . it’s tough because the first eight overs or so until the ball gets relatively old it does not actually deviate a huge amount, you obviously have to use your nous as a spinner so if we do need Daws (Liam Dawson) he is more than ready.”
The Eoin Morgan-led side take on a local team on Monday in another warm up match at the Brabourne stadium ahead of their tournament opener against West Indies to be played in Mumbai on March 16.