England name injured star’s replacement after fears confirmed

England name injured star's replacement after fears confirmed

England have confirmed star opener Jason Roy is out for the remainder of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 after suffering a calf injury.

According to the details, Roy has been replaced in England’s squad for the rest of their campaign by James Vince, following approval by the tournament’s Event Technical Committee.

England captain Eoin Morgan feared the worst after Roy went down during England’s final Super 12 match against South Africa and the opener has now been ruled out of the tournament. Vince, who has played 12 T20Is and boasts one ODI century, was with the group as a travelling reserve.

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Roy’s injury is the second major blow England has suffered during their campaign, with fast bowler Tymal Mills going down with a thigh injury last week. Mills was replaced by Reece Topley. Roy’s presence at the top of the order will be missed by Eoin Morgan’s side, with the star opener boasting an average of 25.30 and strike rate of 144.93 in the format.

“He’s unbelievably important,”  Morgan said after England’s loss to South Africa. “He’s a guy who epitomises everything that we are about in the changing room and the way we play.

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“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.”

Despite their recent injuries, England finished on top of their Super 12 group and take on New Zealand in the tournament’s first semi-final on Wednesday.

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