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That's not cricket...Jason Roy reveals rugby background

Jason Roy was in outstanding form for England against New Zealand
Jason Roy was in outstanding form for England against New Zealand
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England batsman and man of the moment Jason Roy reveals that rugby rather than cricket was his favourite sport growing up.

Fans will be pleased that he didn't chase a career with the oval ball after he blasted 78 in 44 balls to help England reach the final of the ICC World T20 2016 courtesy of a seven-wicket win over New Zealand.

"Being from South Africa my father was a huge follower of rugby and I got pushed in that direction quite a bit, it got to the stage where I had to make my choice and my Dad supported my decision all the way," Slazenger ambassador Roy explained.

"I was lucky as a youngster when I was about 11 I got told I could hit a ball, I used to just go in there and smash it and try hit every ball for six. I think that benefits my game."

It has certainly benefited England as on his first trip to India with the national side he has made a big impression and got his side off to fast starts batting alongside Alex Hales and James Vince at the top of the order.

"Playing in the World Cup is something hugely special for me and extremely exciting," he added.

Roy has been doing the damage using his Slazenger V800 bat and is full of praise for his equipment.

"Slazenger is my first love inside the cricket equipment world. I’ve been using their new V800 range and the bats have been outstanding!"

While he currently rates being given his Surrey cap as his proudest moment in sport, where will Sunday's final at the iconic Eden Gardens rank?

"It’s pretty cool. Just another game of cricket…it just happens to be at Eden Gardens in the World Cup Final," Roy told Sky Sports following the win over New Zealand.

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