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India vs England: Jason Roy says visitors are looking at ODI series as stepping stone for Champions Trophy

Kolkata: Without a win but not short of either confidence or optimism, English opener Jason Roy on Saturday said his team is looking at the ongoing limited-overs ODI series against India as a stepping stone towards the Champions Trophy later this year.

"Of course you want to finish the series on a high but every game from now on till the Champions Trophy is going to be stepping blocks for us going into that huge competition," Roy said ahead of the third and final ODI in Kolkata on Sunday.

Counting on the positives, he said: "We've got a huge amount of positives to take from the last few games. Although we got outplayed, we have put in some seriously good performances. We've scored 350 in the first game and 366 in the second. Those are positives to come out of that are amazing."

Jason Roy has been in good touch in the ODI series against India so far, scoring 73 and 82 in the two games. Reuters

Jason Roy has been in good touch in the ODI series against India so far, scoring 73 and 82 in the two games. Reuters

But each time they fell short and Roy said they were outdone by some outstanding individual performances in the Indian team.

"On both occasions I needed to stay in and get big hundreds. I should have done that, that was the plan. It didn't work out that way but like I said our batting unit got us to 350 and 370," he said.

"There's nothing wrong with the team. We're training very hard and having a good time. But like I said before, we've been undone by some incredible individual performances. We're a confident side and whatever we come up against, we're pretty confident. So we'll be alright," he added.

With his regular opening partner Alex Hales out with a fracture, Roy is set to open with Sam Billings, who was seen having a full go in England's extended net session.

Showering praise on Billings, who has a strike-rate of 110.94 and 150.00 in ODI and T20Is, Roy said: "He's a fiery batsman. If he gets the role of No 2, that would be great. He's a great guy to bat with — runs hard, plays strong shots and that's exactly what we look for at the top of the order, just to set the tone."

"It's just a case of getting to know each other and I know everyone in the squad pretty well, so whoever I'm opening with is not a problem. He will just kind of fit straight in," he said.

The last-time he stepped on to the Eden was in the World Twenty20 final when he returned with a duck in their four-wicket loss to the West Indies.

"It's a mixed bag really. Obviously being in the finals was incredible and then disappointment after the game. But good to be back, obviously it's a dead rubber but we've got to stamp our mark on India a little bit," he said.

Underdogs at World T20, Roy felt that England are more experienced now.

"We've definitely got a lot of experience under our belt, a lot of good performances. But like I said, just disappointed about this series, to be honest," he said.


Updated Date: Jan 21, 2017 21:22 PM

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