England suffered their third defeat of the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 yesterday when they went down against arch-rivals Australia by 64 runs at the Lord’s Cricket Ground. The English openers have failed to contribute, and the absence of Jason Roy due to injury is taking a toll on the top-ranked ODI side. As they gear up for the must-win clash against India, skipper Eoin Morgan is hopeful that Roy will be available for selection in that game.
Jason Roy had pulled his hamstring when he was chasing the ball in the eighth over of the match against West Indies. Thus, Roy didn’t field for the rest of the innings. Furthermore, he didn’t come out to bat. Joe Root had opened in his place against West Indies. On the other hand, James Vince got a chance in the playing XI but has failed to live up to the expectations in the three matches.
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England play India on June 39 which gives enough time to Jason Roy to regain fitness. Eoin Morgan also sounded hopeful about the dashing all-rounder getting match-fit for the all-important encounter. Roy has scored 215 runs including a 153 against Bangladesh in the three games he played.
“With four days of rehabilitation, he is hopeful of being fit. If it is a big risk we will play it as it is,” Morgan told official broadcaster Sky Sports in the post-match presentation.
Jason Roy had a scan at the Fortius Clinic in London on Monday morning and then came to Lord’s where the rest of the squad was training before the game against Australia. He took to the nets, taking in a few throwdowns to test out his left leg but failed to clear the fitness test. England led by Eoin Morgan will want Jason Roy to feature in that must-win clash at Edgbaston as one more defeat can make things tough for the top-ranked of making it to the playoffs.