England opener Roy out of T20 World Cup with injury

England's Jason Roy hits a boundary during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup cricket match between England and South Africa at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah on November 6, 2021. (Photo by Aamir QURESHI / AFP)

The England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Monday that opening batsman Jason Roy will miss the rest of the T20 World Cup.

In Saturday’s 10-run loss to South Africa, Roy, 31, suffered a calf injury and collapsed to the ground while chasing a quick single.

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Despite their first defeat of the tournament, Eoin Morgan’s side advanced to the semi-finals, and Roy will be replaced in the squad by James Vince before England’s last-four match against New Zealand on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi.

Roy has joined left-arm fast bowler Tymal Mills on the injured list, dealing another blow to England, who lost the 2016 World Cup final to the West Indies.

“I’m devastated to have been ruled out of the World Cup,” Roy said in an England statement. “It’s a tough pill to swallow.”

“I will be staying on to support the boys and hopefully we can go all the way and lift that trophy,” added the Surrey star, who was a key member of England’s 50-over World Cup-winning squad in 2019.

“We’re all gutted for you, @JasonRoy20,” England Cricket said in a tweet.

“We will continue to play in the positive spirit that you represent.” You are the only one who can come back stronger.”

Roy had scored 123 runs in five innings for an average of 30.75 and a strike rate of 138.2 in a tournament where his opening partnership with Jos Buttler had frequently provided England with an ideal launchpad.
Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, and Moeen Ali are among the options for a replacement opening partner alongside Buttler.
“It’s always nice to have a confident Jason Roy playing well,” Moeen said.

“But we’ve got guys who have been waiting in the wings for a long time, who are doing well in the nets, and who are ready to come in and do well.”

“You can bring in Vince, you can bring in (Sam) Billings, you can bring in a bowler,” the all-rounder explained.

England arrived in the Gulf without Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, and Sam Curran, who were all injured, before Mills collapsed with a thigh strain.

Morgan’s team is attempting to become the first men’s team to hold both of cricket’s major global limited-overs titles at the same time.

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