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ODI series is like a stepping block for England: Jeson Roy

By Rashmi Nanda -

Although, the England cricket team has not won a single game in the ongoing three-match One Day International series against India but its players have not lost their confidence or optimism.

Jason Roy, the English opener said that his side is looking forward at the ongoing ODI series against the hosts as a stepping stone towards the Champions Trophy later this year.

Ahead of the third and the final ODI in Kolkata, Jeson stated, “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 going into that huge competition."

He further added, “We’ve got a huge amount of positives to take from the last few games. Although we got outplayed, we have put in some seriously good performances. We’ve scored 350 in the first game and 366 in the second. Those are positives to come out of that are amazing.”

In the each game of the series the visitors fell short but Roy said that they were outdone by some superb individual displays by the hosts.

Roy said, “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 370."

He added, “There’s nothing wrong with the team. We’re training very hard and having a good time. But like I said before, we’ve been undone by some incredible individual performances. We’re a confident side and whatever we come up against, we’re pretty confident. So we’ll be alright."

Jeson's regular opening partner Alex Hales has been out due to a fracture as a result he is all set to open with Sam Billings.

Roy said in praise of Billings, who has a strike-rate of 110.94 and 150.00 in ODI and T20Is, “He’s a fiery batsman. If he gets the role of No. 2, that would be great. He’s a great guy to bat with — runs hard, plays strong shots and that’s exactly what we look for at the top of the order, just to set the tone."

"It’s just a case of getting to know each other and I know everyone in the squad pretty well, so whoever I’m opening with is not a problem. He will just kind of fit straight in."

He further added, “It’s a mixed bag really. Obviously being in the finals was incredible and then disappointment after the game. But good to be back, obviously it’s a dead rubber but we’ve got to stamp our mark on India a little bit."

Roy felt that the England team are more experienced now at limited overs cricket.

He stated, “We’ve definitely got a lot of experience under our belt, a lot of good performances. But like I said, just disappointed about this series, to be honest."