“I’m right where I wanted to be, both mentally and physically. This is the reward for the hard work and sacrifices we all make”
England batsman Jason Roy says he feared lacking the World Cup after choosing up a hamstring harm earlier within the match.
Roy sat out England’s win over Afghanistan and back-to-back losses to Sri Lanka and Australia, earlier than returning to hit successive fifties as his aspect beat India and New Zealand to succeed in the semi-finals, the place they may play Australia on Thursday, stay on Sky Sports activities Cricket World Cup.
“I’ll be honest, there was a bit of a fear I might be out but I needed to stay positive around the group,” mentioned Roy. “I was staying across the lads and travelling with them so I needed to preserve giving out optimistic vibes and attempt to assist the place I can.
“However, having been dropped within the Champions Trophy [in 2017] after which working my bottom off to get right here, and being in good type solely to then get injured, I was like ‘give me a break!’
“I thought I was having no luck in order that was irritating and a bit laborious to cope with, however I stored issues relaxed, labored laborious and fortunately I acquired again and was in a position to play.
“I’m proper the place I needed to be, each mentally and bodily. That is the reward for the laborious work and sacrifices all of us make.
“I didn’t put myself in the IPL auction, I did everything I possibly could to get myself to this point I’m at now.”
Roy’s white-ball type has thrust him into Ashes rivalry with England coach Trevor Bayliss saying the Surrey man may make his Check debut later this summer season, with a top-three spot his most definitely place.
“There has been a bit of chat and you can’t avoid it, but playing Test cricket and in the Ashes has been an ambition of mine for years,” mentioned Roy.
“Most of my batting in first-class cricket has been at 4, 5 or 6 however I performed at three twice final 12 months so I’m pleased wherever they need to put me. They will put me at 9 if they need, though I cannot bowl just a few overs!
“I suppose I’m higher off on the high of the order after which I may give it a go from there. I’ve performed a whole lot of white-ball video games for England so if I get an opportunity then that ought to maintain me in good stead.
“Everyone knows what I’m about so if I get caught at fourth slip driving at a ball that maybe a ‘traditional’ Test cricketer wouldn’t drive at, then people hopefully won’t be too outraged by that.”
On the World Cup semi-final towards Australia at Edgbaston, Roy added: “It ought to be an ideal sport. I suppose them shedding to South Africa might need knocked their confidence a bit.
“If you get to the semi-final stage any workforce you come up towards goes to be a troublesome ask, mentally and bodily. They hammered us at Lord’s however who is aware of what it’ll convey?
“As exciting as it is, we’ve got to stay as relaxed as we can, understanding that it is a World Cup semi-final that doesn’t come around very often and that we’ve been working towards this for years.”
Watch Australia vs England stay on Sky Sports activities Cricket World Cup (channel 404) and Sky Sports activities Fundamental Occasion (channel 401) from 9.30am on Thursday.