Poor old Jason Roy is not having a very good ICC Cricket World Cup tournament. The 28-year old had picked up a hamstring injury when England faced the West Indies on the 14th of June. This put him out of action against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka and things were quite positive for him to return against Australia.
Until, his chances took a nosedive recently as his participation looks in serious doubt. The good news is that the batsman did come out to train with the rest of the England squad. He underwent a scan at the Fortius Clinic in London before heading to the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground. To the delight of his team, he trained at the nets and even participated in throwdowns to test out his left leg.
However, in spite of the positive vibes, England skipper, Eoin Morgan was quick to avoid complacence.
“I think to put one game on it, I don’t think it’s sensible,” admitted Morgan during the pre-match press conference. “Let’s just see how it goes.
“It’s Jason Roy, of course, it’s a big loss. He’s an outstanding performer for us as he plays. He reminds us how to play as a group. He’s been part of the team for a very long time.”
With Jason Roy being advised to take things easy, James Vince will continue to bat in his stead. The bad news is, Vince has not been firing for the past few matches, being dismissed for 14 and 26 respectively. However, Morgan has kept the faith in Vince and is confident in his abilities.
“No, not at all,” said Morgan. “We have every faith in him to go on and get a score, to continue playing his own way.
“James Vince is an incredibly talented and gifted player. You can see that in the way he plays.”