Jason Roy says England’s stinging defeat by Australia in the World Cup group phase gave the hosts a “good kick” and helped them rediscover their mojo.
England will step out at the “home of cricket” on Sunday as favourites to lift the trophy for the first time against a New Zealand side also looking to make history.Last time they were at the ground they were pushed to the brink of a group-stage elimination by a 64-run loss to 2015 World Cup winners Australia.
“We didn’t get too down or upset,” said Roy, whose brilliant form with the bat has underpinned England’s improvement.
“It gave us a good kick and pushed us to actually bring out the best in ourselves I think, and that stands us in good stead for the final,” he added.
“We’re in a very good place with our cricket, and like we’ve shown in the last few games, we’re doing pretty well. Do the right things tomorrow from the start, and hopefully we’ll get the benefits.”
Roy was blameless for England’s wobble, missing their back-to-back defeats with a torn hamstring.