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Morgan delighted for Roy's penchant for big tons
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Morgan delighted for Roy's penchant for big tons

England captain Eoin Morgan claimed opener Jason Roy's place in the team was a "luxury" after he smashed another big hundred to help his side to a thumping 106-run victory over Bangladesh.

Roy accumulated 153 runs during his stupendous knock that saw the ball disappear into the stands frequently. This marks the third instance he has crossed the 150-run barrier out of 9 centuries in one-day internationals.

Roy's monumental effort with the bat provided the impetus to the number one ranked side and tournament favourites to reach the highest total of the World Cup.

"It's a luxury," said Morgan after England achieved their second win of the tournament following a shocking loss versus Pakistan at Trent Bridge.

"People in general, talk about scoring hundreds. He's an exception to the rule.

"He just goes on and get big scores. The rate he can get them at is so difficult to defend.

"He scores all the way around the ground, he takes really good bowlers down, he hits good balls for boundaries. He's great to have in the side.

"One of his biggest strengths at the moment is his temperament, compared to the start of his international cricket to right now, I think there is a considerable difference."

'He could soon play Test cricket'

Roy has now been a white ball specialist for England for a long period of time, but Morgan reckons the 28-year-old could very well be ready for Test cricket if he continues batting like this.

"I've said this before: I do think he could play Test cricket at some stage.

"I think he has every attribute to be a Test cricketer."

Roy's opening partner Jonny Bairstow was also full of praise for his mate and believed his stunning innings would do wonders to his confidence.

"Having opened the batting now for a long period of time for England, his confidence will be very high.

"It's great for him to score 150 in the World Cup and you are hoping we can both kick on from that start today, be that a chase or setting, in one of the huge games we've got coming up," added Bairstow, who himself compiled a half-century against Bangladesh.

'Buttler's injury not serious'

England's key player Jos Buttler pulled a hip muscle while launching a maximum during his enterprising 64 that did not allow him to return to the field when Morgan's side came out to field in the second innings.

The wicketkeeping duties were then performed by Bairstow throughout the latter half of the match.

Morgan hoped Buttler's injury was not something serious and mentioned that the physio and team management was carefully monitoring his condition.

"He is going to be monitored over the next 48 hours, but at the moment it's more precautionary rather than not being able to do his job," said Morgan.

"I am quite confident that it's not a serious injury."

Although Shakib Al Hasan struck an impressive century, the rest of the Bangladesh batsmen were rendered ineffective by the English quicks Jofra Archer and Mark Wood despite the slow nature of the playing surface.

"Probably the slow nature of the pitch made it more difficult to play," said Morgan of his pacers.

"Shorter balls didn't fly through. On a quick-natured pitch it's easier to play or get out the way of.

"It follows you when it's slower, so today it was ideal."