Published: 7th March, 2018
Jason Roy scored 42 for England in the fourth ODI against New Zealand yesterday, and in doing so passed 2,000 career ODI runs.
The Surrey opener is the 25th batsman to score 2,000 ODI runs for England, and has powered his way to the feat in just 56 innings since making his debut in 2015. In reaching the milestone, Roy joins current England team-mates Eoin Morgan, Joe Root and Jos Buttler (118.02) in the top 25 ODI run scorers, with the latter the only player in the list to have a better strike rate than Roy (102.60).
The 27-year-old first pulled on a One-Day shirt for England against Ireland in early 2015, but with rain denying him an opportunity with the bat, it was against New Zealand that he got his first opportunity to showcase his powerful hitting.
In 2016, Roy hit 162 at his home ground – the Kia Oval – to lead England to a 6-wicket victory over Sri Lanka. Facing just 118 balls, Roy powered his way to a record-innings – at the time the highest ODI score ever at the ground – with 16 boundaries, including three sixes.
Two years later Roy broke records again, hitting 180 against Australia in Melbourne, the highest individual score by an England player in ODI history. An impressive feat by itself, Australia’s bowling attack that day included Starc and Cummins, yet Roy showed no signs of intimidation, scoring 94 of his runs from boundaries.
Since the summer of 2017, and after the ICC Champions Trophy, Roy has scored 541 ODI runs at an average of 54.10, an exciting prospect with the 2019 Cricket World Cup just over a year away.