England have faced a massive blow as their opener Jason Roy has been ruled out for the three-T20I series against Pakistan, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed in a media release. The cricket board has however not announced any replacement for Jason Roy for the upcoming series.
Roy suffered a left side strain and will miss out on the entire series. The media release mentioned that the Surrey top-order batsman picked up the injury this week in the team’s preparation at Emirates Old Trafford and had a scan on Wednesday.
He will remain with the England set-up and will commence his rehabilitation programme looking ahead to the Australia white-ball series, which starts next month at The Ageas Bowl, the release added.
Roy, the World Cup winning member, has been an essential part of the England limited-overs squad. He has scored at an average of 41 in the ODIs with nine centuries and 18 half-centuries to his name.
The right-hand batsman, meanwhile, averages over 24 in the shortest format of the game. He will be in contention for the limited-overs series against Australia.
The T20I series against Pakistan will get underway from August 28 at Old Trafford. The remaining two matches will be played at the same venue on the 30th and September 1.