PAKISTAN TOUR OF ENGLAND, 2019
Jason Roy made a match-winning 114 that helped England take an unassailable lead © Getty
A magnificent 114 from the opening batsman set the platform for England’s successful chase of Pakistan’s 340 for seven. While the knock from Roy saw him make it to three figures after scores of 87 and 76 in the previous two ODIs, and bag him the man of the match award, there were more pressing concerns for the 28-year old.
In the early hours of the morning, Roy’s daughter Everly, who was born in March this year, fell ill. Roy, with his wife Elle, went to the hospital before returning around seven hours later.
“I had a bit of a rough morning so this one is a special one for me and my family,” revealed Roy. “It was my little one. We had to take her to hospital at 01:30 in the morning. I stayed there until 08:30 and came back for a couple of hours sleep and got to the ground just before warm-up and cracked on. It was a very emotional hundred.”
Despite the lack of sleep, Roy performed admirably in the field, including an outstanding moment when he stopped a Mohammed Hafeez strike over the long off boundary from carrying for six and ended up saving five runs. He went on to strike 11 fours and four sixes from 89 balls to lay the foundations for England’s target of 341. There was little sign he was struggling.
A minor collapse threatened to leave him on the losing side before an unbeaten 71 from Ben Stokes saw England home with three balls and three wickets to spare, for an insurmountable 3-0 series lead. The final ODI takes place in Leeds on Sunday.
Yet, despite Roy’s run of solid scores, he admits to being a bit out of sync with his own game. He was even surprised by his output today. “I’m not in the form of my life. It was not my most fluent of innings but was it was an extremely special feeling get over three figures? I didn’t see it coming.”