Dizzy Roy takes apart Pakistan attack


England opener, Jason Roy, smacked 65 off 88 balls to set his team up for a 44 run win by the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in a rain effected clash with Pakistan at the Rose Bowl.

Roy, who has had a bumper summer, didn’t have the easiest time of it out in the middle though, the opener complained of headaches and dizziness after running two with Alex Hales, but was able to continue after taking on fluids.

The right-hander explained what happened: “Not really, I’m not a doctor but it was a case of not having enough sugar on me, apparently,

“I’ll just remember in future on a hot day to be mindful of that. I was able to get my bearings, settle and reset myself and just go again.”

The Durban-born man refused to come off, which is understandable given the rich form he has found in recent months, his partnership of 91 with Joe Root took the game away from the visitors and despite both batsman falling in the 60’s England were comfortably ahead of the par score when the rain set in.

Roy was delighted with the innings: “It was really pleasing to get a score like that, and it was pleasing too that we could knock off the runs,

“Overall it was a great performance from the boys, we kept them below par, shame not to knock off the runs but we’ll take the win. I thought we were outstanding with the ball.”

Pakistan captain Azhar Ali believes his side were about 20 to 30 runs short of a competitive total.

The skipper said: “Obviously we always look to score 300, but definitely 280-290 [was needed],

“One of your top order has to score and bat long, triple figures would be nice and you always build a total when the top order perform. I would have loved to continue but we had to make up for a lot of dot balls, especially in the middle part.”