England opener Jason Roy has injured his finger while fielding during the 2nd ODI game at Lord’s and is expected to sit out for the deciding contest of the series. His injury has put the English unit in a state of a predicament, prior to the 3rd game at Headingley which is a must-win contest for both the teams, especially the home team to prevent yet another series loss at the hands of Kohli’s men.
Jason Roy’s injury puts the pressure back on the England team
In the 65 matches that he has played for England, he has amassed 2422 runs at an average of 39.06 at a mammoth strike rate of 104.35. His personal best of 180 against Australia, overtook Alex Hales’ knock of 171 and is currently the highest individual score by an Englishman in ODIs till date.
With 6 hundreds and 12 fifties under his belt, and his ability to prance hard on the opposition bowler during the powerplay intervals, England would have certainly needed a player like Jason Roy in the game against the Indian team at Headingley.
Recent performances against the Indian cricket team
Though, the 27-year old might not have been a very significant contributor to the team’s total, with scores of 38 and 40 in the games played at Trent Bridge and Lord’s, yet, his performance during the powerplay overs help the English unit to post decent totals in both the games.
The 1st game ended on a losing note, where Jason Roy gave away his wicket to the Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav, the 2nd game too witnessed a similar scenario, as he became Kuldeep’s bunny this time as well. Fortunately, the outcome of the game went in the home team’s favour, in what was considered as a one-sided contest for the English unit.
Indian team led by Skipper Kohli lost the game by a margin of 86 runs, and this loss prevented their chances for a series win and a whitewash over the victory soil. The series could go on either side at this stage of the competition.
The English opener will now have to go through a fitness test which would decide his inclusion to the squad for the final game.
Who’s going to replace an injured Jason Roy?
James Vince has been called as a potential player for England, following his finger injury while fielding during the game at Lord’s cricket stadium. Along with him, Sam Billings, David Malan and Sam Curran are some of the players that England could look to choose from, prior the decider game.