Jason Roy credits ‘normal life’ for ODI form after admitting being in a ‘weird place’ in the winter

England striker Jason Roy: “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 during a time after a couple of difficult years ”

Jason Roy revealed that he went through a “dark time” during the winter and believes that a couple of months of normal family life played a key role in his latest star turn for England and helped him fall in love with the game again.

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, so the reasons were not revealed by the Cricket Board for England and Wales.

He shed no 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Exhausted by the coronavirus bubbles, Roy has withdrawn from the Indian Premier League and taken a “short indefinite break” from cricket, but believes spending time with his family strengthened him.

“Mentally, it did not suit 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 sequence of events that ended with the memorable coronation of the world champions four years later.

Already now Roy is the most important opening striker who is responsible for setting the pace at the beginning of the rounds and accelerated his efforts to take the Netherlands’ 235 for seven 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.

“Being involved in a team like this in 100 games is ridiculous,” said Roy, who got his 100th game from Moeen Ali. “It’s a great feeling.

“At least the 100th match was better than my first inning! But it’s a great feeling – if I got 70 or nothing here it would have been a special day.”

“I could not be more proud. It’s a great feeling.”

While Roy broke to the third card, it was Salt’s fall that started a mini-collapse that caused England to lose three wickets in the course of 19 balls, with Eoin Morgan making a second in a row.

Dawid Malan’s 36 did not look out and Moeens’ undefeated 42 saw them eventually cross the line with 29 balls to their credit, but Morgan’s slender jogging that continued once again turned heads the day his counterpart Pieter Seelaar announced he was retiring. from all international cricket due to persistent back injuries.

But Roy is confident that his 35-year-old captain will soon rediscover Midas’ contact with the bat.

“As soon as the result is clear and we win the match, he is satisfied.

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

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

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