Jason Roy admitted going through ‘a dark time’ earlier this year after helping England move to a 2-0 lead over the Netherlands with a powerful 73 off 60 balls in their second of three one-day internationals on Sunday.
Struggling after nearly two years of bubble life, he was later fined £2,500 by the ECB’s Cricket Discipline Commission and handed a two-match ban – suspended for 12 months – for an unspecified transgression deemed to have brought the game into disrepute. It prompted him to take two months away from cricket to recharge.
‘Unfortunately, I can’t talk about it, but it’s not been spoken about since it came all out, so I was able to enjoy my training, my family time and normal life for a couple of months,’ he said.
Jason Roy has admitted to going through ‘a dark time’ that saw him take a break from cricket
‘Things mentally weren’t right with me at the Pakistan Super League. I was in a weird place because I was playing good cricket, but I wasn’t enjoying myself, I wasn’t happy and it was just a dark time.
‘It was just a good two months to come home and live a normal life for a bit after a tough couple of years.
‘It was a lot of months away – over 50 days of hotel quarantine the year before, and then having a child in January and having to spend time away from him was just a bit too much.’
Roy helped England move to a 2-0 lead over the Netherlands with a powerful 73 off 60 balls
Meanwhile, Roy played down suggestions that Eoin Morgan was under pressure after his second duck of the series.
‘We won the game, so he’s happy. He’s a knock away for people being all over him again, but that’s just the fickle nature of sport. He’s just an incredible worker and an incredible guy, so I’d back him for sure.’
He also thanked Moeen Ali for his speech during a pre-match presentation to mark Roy’s 100th ODI cap. ‘If he’d gone on for a minute longer, there might have been a tear or two,’ he added.
Roy played down talks that Eoin Morgan was under pressure after second duck of the series