Jason Roy who is enjoying the form of his life is disappointed after failing to stay until the end in a memorable run chase by England as they eventually prevailed by 6 wickets in a high-scoring game against Sri Lanka at Oval.
Jason Roy has led the side in the chase as he scored a mammoth 162 in just 118 balls which featured 13 fours and 3 sixes as England chased down 309 runs in a rain affected 42-over game.
“It’s a shame and a little disappointing I could not be there at the finish of the match but to play an innings like that and help the side win a series is still very special,” he said after being named Man of the Match. “It was even better to do it on my home ground and in front of a packed Oval crowd cheering me and the guys on,” Jason Roy said.
However while scoring 2 centuries in just 3 ODIs, Roy who was out on 162 fell short of 5 runs to equal Robin Smith’s 23-year-old record score of 167, which was made against Australia at Edgbaston.
Roy admitted that he was unaware of the record but has expressed happiness over his knock. “I didn’t know about the record and I am still proud of being second on the list. I expect someone will be able to beat Robin Smith’s score one day. I am sure they will. I will certainly push for it if I get the chance.”
Praising Roy for his sensational knock, captain Morgan said, “Jason was magnificent. He’s in fantastic form now and he is cashing in. It feels good to win this series but we want to finish it off with another great performance and win if we can.
“We have lots of match winners in our team which is growing and improving all the time. I have no doubt that one of them can achieve the goal of surpassing Smith,” he added.
However, Morgan has expressed his dissatisfaction over his bowlers as Sri Lanka piled up 305 runs in their 42 overs. “We bowled too many loose deliveries and balls which asked to be hit. It’s a very good wicket here so you have to bowl tight and accurately. But I always knew we could chase down the target.”