Jason Roy will go into Sunday's World Cup final with half an eye on one of cricket's most iconic feats: a six over the Lord's pavilion.
Several players have come close, but only one has officially managed the achievement: in 1899, Albert Trott cleared the pavilion batting for MCC against Australia. The ball is said to have bounced off a chimney and landed in a nearby garden.
Twice in this World Cup Roy has hit three successive sixes – once against Bangladesh in Cardiff
, when he was out aiming for a fourth off spinner Mehidy Hasan, and again in Thursday's semi-final against Australia at Edgbaston, off Steve Smith's part-time leg-breaks.
'I learned my lesson from Bangladesh, I think, and didn't go for the fourth one,' he said. 'I just said to myself before the start of the semi, if a spinner comes on from that end, if it's full, it's got to go. The boundary's not big at all. One big over at that stage was going to deflate them.'
The third of the sixes went on to the third tier of the new stand at Edgbaston, and was measured at 101 metres – bigger than anyone at the ground had ever seen.
'I was disappointed when it came out 101 or whatever it was,' said Roy. 'I thought it was going over.'
Told about the history of the Lord's pavilion, he replied: 'Oh really? Let's try to get an opportunity tomorrow.'