Sri Lanka did not start with turns against England's starters in the first abandoned ODI in Dambulla, but even if they had, Jason Roy feels he would be ready. tried and tested attack mode of Sri Lanka, particularly when teams from South Africa, Australia, New Zealand or England are in the city. In fact, in the last tour of England in 2014, Sri Lanka had deployed the extension of Tillakaratne Dilshan against the English starters, a movement that brought important dividends.
And it could have made some sense against Roy – a batsman who before the first ODI, averaged a 65.25 mammoth against sewing bowlers in Asia, compared to 35.20 against spinners on the mainland. But, instead, Sri Lanka opted for a more conventional double-seam opening combination, and only got all the Akila Dananjaya varieties after Lasith Malinga began to filter careers.
Roy did not exactly pass his first spin test in Sri Lanka. He scored two singles of the first three balls he had faced against Dananjaya, before misjudging an outbreak and threw an aggressive shot from the air, leaving half with a direct shot. Despite that, he said he would not be embarrassed if Sri Lanka started attacking him with an early turn in the innings for the rest of the series.
"It's something we've been working on in the networks, turn to be ready for whatever they throw at me to be honest," Roy said. "It's nothing new, other teams have tried to do that in the past, it's the way the games are."
"In Powerplay, bowling is a bit risky. "I know I came to a roulette in the Powerplay, but it's a pretty risky technique, especially if the ball might be spinning a bit for the seamstresses."
One challenge that Roy had not faced before, however, was facing the Malinga round. the action of the arm, although in this test he did excel. He scored 13 of the 13 deliveries he faced from Malinga, with 12 out of bounds. He was almost tricked by one of Malinga's slowest balls, but he managed to react fast enough to the lack. of pace, and got enough bat in the ball to send it to the limit of the thin leg.
"It's very different, I've only faced it once before, but it does not give you much importance to work, so you have to get ready very early and wait for your bad guys," Roy said. "He almost did it with his slowness, But we'll see – it's a long series, I'll probably do some work against the weapon to try to combat that lack of angle. "We're used to bowlers who are very open to give you that angle, but he does not give you a lot "
Although it is true that Roy has been much better than the pace in Asia, his record on the continent as a whole is really very good, in fact, his average of 46.10 is significantly higher than his average of 40.25 at home, but despite that good record, Roy's conversion rate of four fifty to one hundred in 10 tickets is something he feels he needs to improve.
"Before, in the subcontinent, I have 70, 80 and 90 and I left. Getting some scores in the subcontinent will put me in a good position for the next few years. In this series, it's about batting as long as possible, learning different techniques and learning different ways to do my hitting once I'm inside. "