Restless Roy hits ton with child in mind as England win | Sunday Observer

Restless Roy hits ton with child in mind as England win

England’s Jason Roy celebrates his century which he said came out of the blues
England’s Jason Roy celebrates his century which he said came out of the blues

NOTTINGHAM AFP: Jason Roy was at a loss to explain how he had scored a match-winning century against Pakistan on Friday following an overnight visit to hospital with his baby daughter.

Roy’s superb 114 was the centrepiece of England’s chase as they beat Pakistan at Trent Bridge on Friday to go 3-0 up with one to play in a One-Day International series.

Yet Roy’s eighth century at this level came in trying circumstances, with the Surrey opening batsman saying he’d been more worried about daughter Everly than piling up the runs.

“It was a very emotional hundred. I didn’t see it coming,” Roy told BBC Radio’s Test Match Special.

“I had a bit of a rough morning so this one is a special one for me and my family,” added Roy, who returned to hospital after a three-wicket win, although his daughter’s condition is not believed to be serious.

“It was my little one. We had to take her to hospital at 1:30 in the morning. I stayed there until 8:30am, came back for a couple of hours sleep and got to the ground just before warm-up and cracked on.”

England were cruising to a target of 341 while Roy was at the crease but, after comfortable wins at Southampton and Bristol, his dismissal sparked a collapse that saw three wickets lost for seven runs in 10 balls.

And when Moeen Ali was out for a duck, England were 216 for five.

But Ben Stokes’s unbeaten 71 eventually saw England win with three balls to spare.

“For Ben to soak up that pressure, come through it and be not out at the end will give him lots of confidence. It was great to see him play in that fashion,” said England stand-in captain Jos Buttler. 

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