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Roy reveals emotional hundred following daughter's illness
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Roy reveals emotional hundred following daughter's illness

Jason Roy say his hundred against Pakistan was an emotional one after a rough morning in the hospital with his baby daughter.

Roy's superb 114 was the hallmark of England's run-chase as they beat Pakistan at Trent Bridge on Friday to get an unassailable lead with one ODI left at Leeds.

Yet Roy's eighth century at this level came in testing circumstances, with the Surrey opening batsman saying he'd been more worried about daughter Everly than scoring runs for his side.

"It was a very emotional hundred. I didn't see it coming," Roy told BBC Radio's Test Match Special.

"I had a bit of a rough morning so this one is a special one for me and my family," added Roy, who returned to hospital after a three-wicket win, although his daughter's condition is not believed to be serious.

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"It was my little one. We had to take her to hospital at 1:30 in the morning. I stayed there until 8:30am, came back for a couple of hours sleep and got to the ground just before warm-up and cracked on."

England were cruising to a target of 341 while Roy was at the crease but his dismissal triggered an unlikely collapse that saw three wickets lost for seven runs in 10 balls.

And when Moeen Ali was out for a duck, England were reduced to 216 for five.

But Ben Stokes's unbeaten 71 eventually saw England win with three balls to spare.

"For Ben to soak up that pressure, come through it and be not out at the end will give him lots of confidence. It was great to see him play in that fashion," said England stand-in captain Jos Buttler.

Wicket-keeper Buttler also praised Roy by saying: "It's great to watch Jason go about his work too. He's been in great form and he was desperate to go on to his hundred."

While Roy was named man-of-the-match, the award could have gone to his Surrey team-mate Tom Curran for his all-round performance.

The paceman took four for 75 and scored a crucial 31 in a key 61-run partnership alongside Ben Stokes.

It all strengthened Curran's case for a spot in the World Cup with the showpiece event now just a matter of weeks away.

"With the bat, with the ball, I love his character. He just wants to be involved in the game, he had a fantastic day," added Buttler.