Roy wants to follow in the Hales’ footsteps


Jason Roy wants to follow in the footsteps of fellow England opener Alex Hales and get to his first three-figure mark in international cricket.

Hales hit his maiden ODI century in the second ODI against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi while Roy scored 54 in a game that England won to level the four-match series at one-all.

It was Roy's third fifty in the 50-over format for the Three Lions and he now wants to kick on and get a big one.

Roy said: "I've just got to kick on now. It's a mindset thing, starting again on 50 – getting there, and then saying 'Right, now I'm on nought'. I need to maintain the positive mindset, but then crack on.

"Alex is an outstanding player and has come a long way since starting in the Twenty20 format. He got his maiden hundred which was a key task for his trip he said.

"Now he's more than ready. It's just the confidence of knowing you're part of the squad and mentally get ready for what's ahead."

The third ODI between England and Pakistan takes place in Sharjah on Tuesday.