England batsman Jason Roy says the Bristol incident involving Ben Stokes’ arrest and Alex Hales’ involvement as a key witness, along with the resulting fallout, has been dealt with “extremely well” by the pair.
It was just these unfortunate circumstances that resulted in Roy being re-called to the England team after poor performances had seen him sidelined.
In an interview at the Chance to Shine Awards, Roy said he hadn’t had the season he had hoped for in international cricket, but that he was pleased with the way he handled himself when given a second chance with England – no matter the circumstances.
“The team wasn’t focused given the events that happened,” he said. “But as with most sports, you have to come in and take your opportunities.
“You have to blank out all the stuff that’s happening in the media, all the stuff people are saying to you about what’s happened in previous games, and just crack on with the next delivery.”
Roy was originally dropped from the Champions Trophy squad after amassing a dismal 51 runs from eight ODI innings.
And he might have stayed dropped were it not for the situation of Hales, who left a gap in the team that Roy was eager to fill.
He returned in the fourth ODI against West Indies, and rediscovered the form which had seen him included in the first place, scoring 84 in that match and 96 in the season finale two days later, allowing England to wrap up the series 4-0.
“For England it was a disappointing international summer," he continued. “I went over to the IPL, got sidelined for a couple of games, came back and didn't have that rhythm that I usually have.
“And then in the Champions Trophy, I tried a few stupid things, and got myself in a bit of a rut.
“Then found my way with a few runs in the county game with Surrey, a few good wins under my belt, and then finished strongly at the end of the summer.”
However, all cricket fans wanted to know how Stokes was dealing with the current saga surrounding him and his future, to which Roy stated he was dealing with it all 'extremely well'.
"They are fine," Roy added.
"It was obviously an unfortunate event, an unfortunate period, but they came to my wedding, all bearing smiles and everything was all good. Obviously it's something we wish didn't happen, but it did. They've actually dealt with it extremely well."
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