Jason Roy ruled out but team England still a top contender for the trophy

A Big Disappointment For Jason Roy

The England opener suffered a calf injury in the side’s 10-run defeat to South Africa in their final Super 12s match in Sharjah.

Roy pulled up after setting off for a routine single while batting with Jos Buttler at the start of England’s run chase.

He had treatment at the crease, then had to be helped from the field. He went for a scan on Sunday in Dubai, and was subsequently ruled out of the knockout stage of the tournament.

“I’m gutted to be ruled out of the World Cup,” Roy said.

“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”, Jason Roy said.

This is not the first time an injury has squandered Roy’s chances in a world cup. During the 2019 ODI World Cup, Roy missed the middle three matches due to re-aggravating a hamstring injury that he had sustained earlier in the season. Unlike 2019, Jason Roy will not be able to return to the next match.

JASON ROY STATS IN T20 INTERNATIONALS

Innings: 53

Not Outs: 1

Aggregate: 1316

Highest Score: 78

Average:       25.31

50s: 7

100s: 0

Ducks: 6

4s: 136

6s: 59

Balls Faced: 908

Scoring Rate: 144.93

Opened Batting: 53

Top Scored in Innings: 9

% of Team Runs Scored: 15.13

JASON ROY IN LAST 10 T20 INNINGS

Match 39 Vs South Africa: 20 (15)

Match 29 Vs Sri Lanka: 9 (6)

Match 26 Vs Australia: 22 (20)

Match 20 Vs Bangladesh: 61 (38)

Match 14 Vs West Indies: 11 (10)

3rd T20I Vs Pakistan: 64 (36)

2nd T20I Vs Pakistan: 10 (4)

1st T20I Vs Pakistan: 32 (13)

2nd T20I Vs Sri Lanka: 17 (17)

1st T20I Vs Sri Lanka: 36 (22)

Why Jason Roy So Crucial To England?

Known for his pull shots and seemingly effortless sixes he knocks around the ground, Roy uses a combination of his front foot and bottom hand to gain such extreme power in his shots.

Roy’s bottom hand is one of his greatest strengths and this combined with the use of his front foot gives the 31-year-old a perfect way to execute the weight transfer and hit the powerful strokes that are so crucial to his role in the team.

As an opening batter, Roy’s role is simple yet very often impossible to execute: take down the opening bowlers and get England off the mark. More often than not, the ‘Lion’ is able to complete his role in an apparently unchallenging feat.

Why England Can Still Win The World Cup Without Jason Roy?

In Roy’s eight matches at the 2019 ODI World Cup, Roy scored 443. During the campaign, England lost three group stage matches and for which Roy was not present in two of them.

However, at the 2021 T20 World Cup, Roy has not seen such form with his fellow opening partner Jos Buttler who has been providing most of the runs for England so far.

Roy’s shining innings came as he smashed 61 off 38 balls during England’s eight wicket defeat over Bangladesh, however he has only scored a total of 62 runs in his other four matches, a notably lower total that had been expected of the Surrey batter.

Buttler recently became the first England men’s batsman to have scored a century in all formats of the game as he knocked 101 off 67 balls against Australia.

Moeen Ali came into the World Cup after an incredibly successful campaign with the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.

With that in mind, Eoin Morgan, Chris Silverwood and their analysts may well be loath to make any radical changes to the formula.

Sam Billings, a brilliant boundary fielder and more-than-competent finisher, could come into the batting line-up anywhere between No.4 and No.7.

Jason Roy’s Replacement for Remaining World Cup Matches

James Vince will rise from his position in the reserve list to take Roy’s spot in the squad.

Vince was the third highest Men’s run scorer during this summer’s The Hundred tournament. In his 12 matches for England, Vince has scored 340 runs with a strike rate of 123.63.

England arrived in the Gulf without the injured Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Sam Curran before Mills broke down with a thigh strain.

Morgan’s side are bidding to become the first men’s team to hold cricket’s two major global limited-overs titles simultaneously. So, what do you think? Will England team feel the absence of Jason Roy?

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