Eoin Morgan: Jason Roy backs England captain after second duck in a row against Netherlands

Eoin Morgan set off for a seven-ball lead in England’s one-day victory over the Netherlands on Sunday; The England captain has made half a century in his last 26 one-day innings; Jason Roy: “He’s a great worker, a great guy, so I’ll definitely support him.”

Jason Roy supported Eoin Morgan to rediscover his touch with the bat shortly after the England captain made a second attempt in a row against the Netherlands.

Morgan’s poor form continued in Amstelveen on Sunday when he went off for a duck with seven balls when England ended a series victory with one match left to play.

Morgan has scored half a century in his last 26 one-day rounds, at a time when competition for places in England’s highest order has never felt so intense, but he kept Roy’s backing.

“It’s the changeable nature of the sport,” Roy said. “If you’re behind the eight ball, it’s pretty tough, but he’s a great worker, a great guy, so I’ll definitely cheer for him.”

Roy added: “He is the captain of our team and he wins the match, so I think it means more to him than his points, which makes him more special to play.”

“He’s going to be fine. He’s going to be fine.”

Morgan reiterated Roy’s feelings about England’s strength in depth and said they now have a host of batsmen ready to take on the world.

“The guys have played really well again,” Morgan said. “The strength of the deep is getting deeper and deeper.

“We seem to continue to produce many hitmen who are very aggressive, very talented and willing to take on the world, and that is a huge complement to the artillery we already have.

“In a similar case, India has a lot of batsmen they can call on and call up at any time, but obviously the skill is in choosing the right side, which complements a winning team.”

Roy marked his 100th international in a day with a typically confident 73 from 60 balls as England advanced to an impregnable 2-0 league lead against the Netherlands after a six-wicket victory on Sunday.

It came just three months after Roy was suspended for two matches and fined by the Cricket Disciplinary Commission, the reasons for which were not revealed by the Cricket Board for England and Wales.

He did not shed any light on what led to his punishment, but admitted that he endured a turbulent start to the year, given up on having to separate from his son, born in January, for the Pakistan Super League.

Exhausted by the corona bubbles, Roy has withdrawn from the Indian Premier League and taken a “short indefinite break” from cricket, but believes spending time with his family revived him.

“Mentally, it was not right with me in PSL,” he said. “I was in a strange place because I played good cricket but I did not have fun, I was not happy and it was just a dark time.

“It was only two good months to come home and live a normal life for a while after a couple of tough years.

“(There were) many months left. More than 50 days in quarantine in a hotel the year before and then having children in January and having to be away from him was too much.”

He added: “I missed IPL to spend some time at home and it has refreshed my mind and my body and realized where I was with many things.

“So, it’s good to be here now and I’m looking forward to getting the brand back. It’s the same thing for Surrey. I loved every minute of it.”

“It’s a great feeling to fall in love with the game again.”

Roy’s first 50-plus innings for England ended in a first ball in 2015, but set in motion a course of events that ended with the memorable coronation of the world champions four years later.

Already now Roy is the most important opening striker responsible for setting the pace early in the inning and accelerated their quest to defeat the Netherlands 235-7 in Amstelveen.

Five of his first nine balls were sent for four when he shared an early 139-ball position with Phil Salt, who followed up a century in the opening ODI with a 77 here that broke the back of the hunt.

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