Roy aiming to emulate Hales' century


Jason Roy is aiming to emulate Alex Hales and score his first one-day international century when England face Pakistan on Tuesday.

Hales broke 100 for the first time in 21 ODI appearances as England recovered from a disappointing first game to level the series in United Arab Emirates with a 95-run victory.

Roy began impressively alongside the 26-year-old before going out for 54 and he acknowledged his need to improve and follow his team-mate's lead.

"I've just got to kick on now. It's a mindset thing - when I get to 50 I'll start again and imagine I'm on zero," he said.

"[I need to] maintain the positive mindset, but then crack on.

"[Roy is] an outstanding player. He's come a long way, since starting in the Twenty20 format.

"He's got his maiden hundred and that was his key task for this trip, he said."

Mohammed Irfan, who is over seven feet tall, bowled Roy second ball in the first meeting, but the Englishman had his measure next time out.

The 25-year-old was pleased to bounce back, but knows he cannot get complacent against the towering opponent.

"He's an absolute giant. You saw how he completely did me in the first game," Roy added.

"It's something to get used to and something to work on, but he's very difficult to get hold of.

"There are so many different actions out there you just have to watch that ball. You've almost got to have a different set up and wait for the ball a bit more.

"He probably seems a bit quicker than he is because he's 12 foot tall. My team-mate at Surrey was [6ft 7in] Chris Tremlett so I've had a bit of experience at facing big bowlers. He was a handful and so is Irfan."