He was called up as replacement at the semi-finals stage of the 2015 World Cup in Australia at the age of 23 and went on to feature in the final, at the MCG, against the hosts, taking 2/46 though ending up on the losing side.
Roy survived the toe-cruncher, even as New Zealand players looked on in disbelief, but he was soon cleaned up by Matt Henry to effect the first dismissal of the innings.
Neither side has won the tournament before, guaranteeing there will be a new name on the cup. As Williamson (30) and Nicholls (55) stood their ground and put some runs on the score board, Liam Plunkett removed both these batsmen, giving England a much needed thrust as things were looking at going the Kiwi way. England secured their place in the final following an 8-wicket victory against defending champions Australia in the second semi-final.
The 29-year-old has taken 18 wickets so far at the World Cup, catching Ross Taylor lbw in the final at an important time in the match.
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"I think it has helped us because it's lent itself to actually being more positive and aggressive and a bit smarter about how we play". Coming into this tournament, they were favourites and they've been playing really good cricket.
England's Test talisman Stuart Broad led the excitement, claiming both teams' brands of of cricket deserved a final appearance, while former captain Michael Vaughan left no room for doubt as to who he wanted to win. "We have seen over the years that anybody can beat anybody regardless of the breed of dog", Williamson said with a killer smile.
With 242 to chase to lay hands on the coveted trophy, Eoin Morgan's men will look forward to build partnerships and be patient while batting. If you ever get ahead, it always seems to bite you in the backside.