England look at positives

England look at positives

 England may have lost the ODI series but their opener Jason Roy said salvaging some pride in the third and final game on Sunday would be high on their minds.

“Of course you want to finish the series on a high but every game from now on till the Champions Trophy (in June) is going to be stepping blocks for us going into that huge competition,” Roy, who has scored 73 and 82 in the two matches so far, told the media on Saturday. “We’ve got a huge amount of positives to take from the last few games. Although we got outplayed, we’ve put in some seriously good performances. We’ve scored 350 in the first game and 366 in the second and lost both of them. The positives to have come out of that are amazing. We got outdone by some individual performances that were outstanding.”

The 26-year-old Roy, one of the young exciting batsmen in the England team, said he was disappointed not to have carried on and got a hundred, something which he felt could have made a difference to the scoreline. “On both occasions I needed to stay in and get big hundreds. I should have done that, that was the plan. It didn’t work out that way but like I said, our batting unit got us to 350 and 366. So I’m never happy with just a good start. A good start is a good start but winning games is obviously at the forefront of my mind so I’ve got to be a bit disappointed to be getting out at 70 and 80.”

Despite losing two nail-biting games in which they appeared to have complete control of the proceedings at some stage, Roy said the spirit in the camp is all well and they are keen to avoid a whitewash. “Nothing is wrong with the team. We're training very hard. We're all in good spirits. We're having a good time. But like I said before, we've been undone by some incredible individual performances.

“So, we're still high on confidence. We're a confident side and whatever we come up against, we're pretty confident. So we'll be alright.”

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