Roy: I need to give myself time to get in


England opening batsman Jason Roy has realised he can give himself time to get in and not attack from ball one at the World T20, saying it could be fun if he stays in longer than 10 balls.

The 25-year-old Roy has earned his stripes as a forceful batsman, especially in the powerplay, but knows he could get bigger scores if he stays at the crease longer.

The Surrey batsman had a poor limited-overs tour to South Africa, only scoring 96 runs across five ODI matches while making 15 and nine in the two T20Is.

Roy said: "I have got to realise I need to give myself time, I'm not a robot. It is [fun to go flat out] when you stay in longer than 10 balls.

"As well as enjoying myself and whacking it I need to give myself a chance, work hard and accumulate runs. A bit of tactical nous instead of just trying to bludgeon the ball is something I have learned a huge amount about in the last two and a half weeks.

"It's a nice role to have, however you can put too much pressure on yourself like I did in South Africa. I put too much pressure on myself to go out there and whack it from ball one.

"I think I might have expected myself to score more runs than I did and I didn't really reach my expectations as well as I should have."

England start their World T20 campaign against the West Indies in Mumbai on Wednesday.