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Roy after more despite Nottingham ton

18th May 2019, 13:39 by Aidan Perkins

Jason Roy says he was relieved to plunder a timely 100 in England's latest win over Pakistan on Friday but feels he must improve.

The 28-year-old is certain to be in England's 15-man World Cup squad to be named on Tuesday and he looked in good shape at Trent Bridge on Friday in the three-wicket win, crashing 114 from 89 balls.

The South African-born ace, who also revealed afterwards he had been up most of the night with his sick baby who had to go to hospital, admitted his form has been patchy at best of late and he has plenty of room for improvement after getting over a recent back injury.

"I'm not in the form of my life. It was not my most fluent of innings," he said. "It was an extremely special feeling to get over three figures. I didn't see it coming."

The century was the eighth of Roy's one-day career and his second of the year after an outstanding 123 against West Indies in February, and the Surrey man admitted it was an emotional innings after dealing with his family illness.

"This is a special one for me and my family," he added to BBC Sport. "We had to take my little one to hospital at 01:30 in the morning. I stayed there until 08:30 and came back for a couple of hours sleep.

"I got to the ground just before warm-up and cracked on. It was a very emotional moment."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.

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