With a calf strain, England opener Jason Roy has been ruled out of the rest of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup in UAE in 2021. Roy suffered the injury during the team’s last Super 12 match, which took place in Sharjah versus South Africa. James Vince, who was a travelling reserve with the England contingent, will now take his spot in the squad as a result. It will be sad news for the cricket fans.
Roy played in each of England’s five matches in the tournament, amassing a total of 123 runs. He was brilliant with the cricket bat and second only to Jos Buttler, including a career-best 61 against Bangladesh. He was named Player of the Tournament.
Not A Good News For England, Who Are A Serious Contender For The T20 World Cup
After getting off to a strong start in the chase against South Africa, the 31-year-old had to be called through for a single by Buttler. Almost soon after finishing the run, Roy dragged himself to his feet and sank to the ground. Following that, he was forced to leave the field due to an injury and had to be assisted off the field by Tom Curran, the replacement.
“I am devastated to have been ruled out of the World Cup,” Roy expressed his disappointment. I have to admit that it is a tough pill to take. Will be sticking around to cheer for the lads, and perhaps we will be able to bring home the championship trophy in the end. To this point, it has been an incredible adventure, and we must continue to express ourselves and to keep our attention on ourselves.
It has already begun, and despite the fact that I tore my calf, I want to give myself the greatest opportunity possible of being fit for the T20 tour of the Caribbean at the beginning of next year,” said Roy.
England, who will face New Zealand in the first semifinal at the Abu Dhabi Sports City, may now put Vince into the starting XI as a straight substitute. However, they are more likely to elevate one of Jonny Bairstow or Dawid Malan to begin the innings alongside Buttler and bring in Sam Billings to fill the middle-order void.
Will It Be A Serious Problem For Eoin Morgan And Co.?
With Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, and Tymal Mills all out injured or unavailable, Roy’s departure will be felt keenly by a team that is already without four first-choice squad members in Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Jason Roy, and Jofra Archer. Roy was described as “unbelievably crucial” to the England squad by captain Eoin Morgan after the team’s victory against South Africa.
‘It is a player that personifies everything that we stand for in the changing room and in the way we play. It is easy to see how commanding he is at the top of the order… he was as near as we can come to predicting how the changing room will play. We are devastated for Jase, but we’re also praying beyond hope that he will be okay. A team’s mood is negatively affected when players are absent from the later rounds of a competition, especially when there have been too many men absent from two games in a row.
You went through the names of the players who are either injured or unavailable for various reasons: Archer, Stokes, Sam Curran, Tymal… The moments when you have truly researched and attempted to develop a team come back to you in your mind, and I am sitting here grateful that we have done that because we are going to need those players in the next game, and potentially in the final,” said Morgan.
What Next For The Three Lions As They Head Into The First Semifinal Of The T20 World Cup?
England needs to be ready to go, as they face a tough Kiwi side. The latter will be keen on avenging the final of the 2019 50-over World Cup, where they were rather unlucky to lose the match. Kane Williamson and his team will be ready for a fight.
It should be a great game of cricket between the two teams. Whichever goes to the final of the tournament will have surely deserved it. Let’s wait and watch!!