England hammered Bangladesh by 106 runs to put their World Cup campaign back on track in Cardiff as Jason Roy stated his case for a place in the Ashes later this summer with a brilliant hundred.
The only downside for England was a hip injury to Jos Buttler, which will be assessed on Sunday.
Roy’s 153 off 121 balls laid the foundation for England’s highest World Cup total of 386 for six and they looked back to their best after a poor performance in the loss to Pakistan earlier in the week. Shakib Al Hasan became only the second Bangladesh player to score a World Cup century but his side never threatened to pull off a miracle run chase as Jofra Archer bowled his quickest spell yet, reaching 95mph as he took three for 29 off 8.5 overs.
Roy settled any nerves that were left over from the defeat by Pakistan by negotiating the tricky early overs from Shakib before going on to make his ninth one-day international hundred and the highest score of the World Cup so far.
“We knew we needed to improve in order to win against Bangladesh and we were outstanding with the bat. The two boys at the top [openers] laid a solid platform as Jason [Roy] managed to get a significant score. It’s great to see,” said Eoin Morgan, the England captain.
“He’s very intimidating to play against. If you look at the guy, he has matured from a county cricketer to a full-blown international cricketer, particularly with the temperament he shows at different stages of his innings and how he goes about picking off his boundaries. The rate he gets his runs at is so difficult to defend. He scores all around the ground, he takes good bowlers down and hits good balls for boundaries.
“I do think he could play Test cricket at some stage. He has every attribute to be a Test cricketer, whether that is now or in a few years' time.”
For Roy, the important thing was making up for the Pakistan defeat when he had a miserable time in the field and England lost by 14 runs. “It was great to right those wrongs from the last game,” said Roy. “With our batting line-up, no matter what we get off the first 10 overs, if we bat the whole 50, we’re going to get a big score.”
Buttler pulled a muscle hitting a six and required treatment on the field. He did not keep wicket, with Jonny Bairstow stepping in.
Buttler hit 64 from 44 balls and is a crucial player for England, but Morgan believes there is no serious concern over his injury.
“He didn’t keep as a precautionary measure. He’ll be monitored in the next 48 hours,” said Morgan.
England now have a short break with their next match not until Friday when they play West Indies at the Hampshire Bowl so Buttler will have time to have treatment and rest his hip.