Eoin Morgan has confirmed that James Vince will be the replacement for Jason Roy in tomorrow’s World Cup match at Old Trafford against Afghanistan.
Speaking during the press conference at Lunchtime, the 32-year-old said: “Yes, he [Vince] is replacing Jason Roy tomorrow at the top of the order.”
This of course comes after Roy tore his left hamstring during the victory over the West Indies at Southampton on Friday.
It was confirmed this morning that Roy will be out of tomorrow’s clash as well as the match against Sri Lanka in Leeds on Friday. However, Morgan remains confident that the Surrey batsman will play again in the tournament.
“As we know with injuries, people respond differently to treatment and medication, so it’s a matter of seeing — giving him enough time to allow him to get himself back into the tournament.” he said.
Morgan too has his injury worries. He suffered a spasm of the back on Friday but revealed that after a hit in the nets this morning that he felt fine and should be ready to play tomorrow.
“‘I’m positive about playing. So unless I pull up worse tomorrow. If the game was today I think I could play.” he explained.
Afghanistan aren’t a team to be taken lightly following their rise to Test cricket and Morgan is aware of the challenges that their spinners pose, including Rashid Khan.
Morgan said: “I think there are three spinners. It’s probably their strongest component as a team. It’s a challenge that we’re going to have to overcome. Pretty much every time we play against an Asian team, that’s the case. You look over at where they are practising, they are practising against quicks, and look over at our nets and we’re practising against spin. That’s just a challenge that both sides come up against.”
A win for England tomorrow would see them go top of the table, level on points with Australia but ahead with a superior run rate.
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