Opener Jason Roy expects things to get “very feisty” when England players go head to head in their final ICC World T20 2016 warm up in Mumbai on Monday. After beating New Zealand by six wickets in their first practice fixture, England have one more chance to hone their skills in Indian conditions before their first group game against the West Indies. A team of locally-based players has been laid on to provide opposition, but England coach Trevor Bayliss will bolster their ranks with the four squad members he does not select in his own XI.

 

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Jason Roy said:

“There are four of our guys playing against us so no doubt they will be putting a huge shift in”
“It was a great start for myself and the team. Obviously it was good to put some stuff I have been working on in practice into a match, always good to get out there and spend time with  Alex Hales as well. I have been enjoying the environment and working hard as well”

“Well, we are in India and usually the conditions here favor them so… it’s tough because the first eight overs or so until the ball gets relatively old it does not actually deviate a huge amount, you obviously have to use your spinners so if we do need Liam Dawson he is more than ready”

If coach Trevor Bayliss can find a balance between the explosive batting his players seem committed to and a more sensible approach to scoring runs, then England may have a chance of repeating their shock triumph six years ago. Jason Roy looked distinctly out of sorts in South Africa, frequently getting starts but failing to capitalize on them, and he believes the problem was mental rather than technical.

Adil Rashid put the brakes on the New Zealand innings, taking three wickets for 15 runs, and Jason Roy gave the chase a brisk start by hitting 55 from 36 balls before Jos Buttler aggression at the end completed the victory.