Jason Roy and Joe Root sink West Indies after Chris Gayle flays England

The Guardian - Feb 20, 23:13 GMT

• First ODI: England, 364-4, bt West Indies, 360-8, by 6 wkts• Gayle 135 after Roy drop; England opener hits 123, Root 102Jason Roy is not short on self-belief

• First ODI: England, 364-4, bt West Indies, 360-8, by 6 wkts
• Gayle 135 after Roy drop; England opener hits 123, Root 102

Jason Roy is not short on self-belief. And in the one-day series opener between West Indies and England here on Wednesday – a match that made spectating, or simply walking past the ground, something of a health hazard – this character trait very much came to the fore.

Lesser players might have felt a touch sheepish at the mid-innings break. Having dropped Chris Gayle on nine, Roy watched the opener plough on for 135 from 123 balls, blazing 12 out of a world record 23 sixes from the home side as they posted an imposing 360 for eight.

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