England opener Jason Roy has been ruled out of the 20-20 World Cup. Roy had picked up a calf injury in England’s last league game against South Africa. Roy was seen in unbearable pain and had to retire hurt after scoring 20 off 15 balls. He was taken for scans which confirmed a calf tear. Roy along with Jos Buttler has been instrumental in England’s success in the 20-20 World Cup. The duo in most matches set up the platform for the middle order batters by giving solid starts upfront. While Roy’s loss is a massive blow to England, the team has remarkable depth and had James Vince as a cover-up for the injury, who is now an official member of the 15-member squad. Vince is a like to like replacement for Roy and likes to play an aggressive brand of cricket.
Meanwhile, Jason Roy is disappointed to miss out on the showpiece event. However, he is confident of returning to the field pretty soon. “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.
“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.”
It must be noted that England are not playing their full strength squad as players like Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes are not part of the squad. The team also lost Sam Curran and Tymal Mills due to injuries midway through the tournament. However, that hasn’t affected the team’s performance a bit as the the Three Lions qualified for the semifinals as the top-ranked team from Group A. They will take on New Zealand in the first semifinal on November 10.