England’s Jason Roy has said that he doesn’t expect a bruised index finger to impede his quest for big runs in the upcoming one-day series against the West Indies.
Roy was one of the four batsmen to post a half-century in the team’s 117-run win over a UWI Vice-Chancellor’s XI in the first warm-up match on their tour. However, while his right hand may have prevented him from fielding, Roy has said that the problem is unlikely to stop him opening the batting again.
Speaking this week he said, “It’s just a minor bruise. It’s fine, but I just needed to kind of look after it until our first (international) game. I’ve had a lot of fielding practice over the last couple of months, and just developed a ‘hotspot’ and a bruise which has gone into my index finger. But it shouldn’t affect it too much.”
Furthermore, he said that he expects to be fit to face the President’s XI at this same venue, “I can’t say ‘definitely’, but yes, I would have thought so. It was a little bit (painful when I was batting), but I had painkillers. You’ve just got to get on with it, it’s my job.”
In general speaking about the first match Roy described it as “a bit of fun” and a very good pitch. He said that it was good for the team to start playing and get used to the conditions. During the match he hit 12 fours and three sixes from just 43 balls leaving him feeling confident ahead of the three-match one-day international series.
“I’m really looking forward to these next three games, and getting a few wins under our belts”
Ben Stokes also had an eventful first match, battling hard for his 61 to add to the efforts of Morgan and Joe Root (71) and then conceding 23 runs in his opening over to big-hitting Shimron Hetmyer.