Jason Roy produced a scintillating ton help England continue their winning streak over Australia in the second game of the series played at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on Tuesday. The opener looked in top form as England amassed 342 runs from their 50 overs.
Stand-in Skipper Jos Buttler also produced a brisk knock to help England take 2-0 in the five-match series. Shaun Marsh put in a splendid effort for Australia and scored a century to keep the visitors in the hunt. Tim Paine and co. failed to get going in their innings as they fell short of the target posted by Australia.
Liam Plunkett was the pick of the bowlers for England with four wickets. Leg-spinner Adil Rashid also finished with 3 for 70 in the game. Roy has really brought his A-game to the table for his side in the format after being dropped in the ICC Champions Trophy in England last year.
Since his return to the side, Roy has produced the sort of consistency expected of him at the top of the innings. Australian batting lineup struggled to get some sort of movement. Ashton Agar proved to useful support for Shaun Marsh as put on a 96-run partnership.
Earlier in the day, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow got England off to good start as conditions looked perfect for batting. Bairstow perished for 42 runs after being dismissed by Kane Richardson. Roy continued to play his shots and notched up a fabulous century in 97 balls. He scored 120 off 108 runs with the help of twelve fours and two sixes. Jos Buttler also was excellent and scored unbeaten 91 runs off 70 balls to see England post a mammoth 342 runs from their full quota of overs.
Australia will have to come up with something otherwise England could clinch the series in the coming game to be played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Tuesday.