Star England opening batsman Jason Roy has been ruled out of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 with a torn left calf and James Vince, who was part of the travelling reserves has been named as his replacement.
Jason Roy suffered an injury during the last Super12 game of the team against South Africa which England lost. However, the loss didn’t have any impact on the qualification scenario and England easily made it to the semi-finals of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. During the match, Roy got retired hurt after scoring 20 runs and he limped off the field with support from a physio and Tom Curran.
The scans on Sunday confirmed the tear and it was told that Roy wouldn’t be fit to compete in the knockout games. Talking about his injury Roy said that ” it’s a bitter pill to swallow” and he will give himself the best chance to become fully fit to compete before the T20 tour of the Caribbean. He elaborated:
“I’m gutted to be ruled out of the World Cup, It is a bitter pill to swallow. I will be staying on to support the boys and hopefully we can go all the way and lift that trophy. It has been an unbelievable journey so far and we have to continue expressing ourselves and concentrating on us.”
“The rehab has already started and even though I’ve torn my calf, I’m going to give myself the best chance of being ready for the T20 tour of the Caribbean at the start of next year.”
Jason Roy Is A Guy Who Epitomises Everything That We Are About In The Changing Room – Eoin Morgan
Talking about the absence of big players like Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer and Tymal Mills due to injury or unavailability, England skipper Eoin Morgan said:
“He’s a guy who epitomises everything that we are about in the changing room and the way we play, You see how commanding he is at the top of the order… he’s as close as we get to surmising how the changing room should play. We’re gutted for Jase but also half-hoping that he’s OK. For anyone to miss the latter stages of a tournament – particularly when it’s been too guys in two games – that does hurt the mood [in the dressing room].
“You got through the names that either aren’t here through injury or other reasons: Archer, Stokes, Sam Curran, Tymal… You look back at the times that you’ve really explored and tried to build a squad, and I’m sitting here thankful that we have done that because we’re going to need those guys in the next game and possibly in the final.”
Meanwhile, Sam Billings – an unused squad member is expected to be included in the Playing XI in the place of Jason Roy in the semi-final clash against Kane Williamson-led New Zealand on Wednesday, November 10.
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