England faced with nervous waiting for Jason Roy's fitness for World Cup after the batsman was forced to retire during Surrey & # 39; s clash with Essex
- Surrey opener Jason Roy injured in Royal London One Day Cup clash with Essex
- Roy is crucial to the English World Cup's plans with the tournament starting on May 30
- The batsman struggled with a hamstring problem due to pre-season
The English selectors held their breath when Jason Roy retired for Surrey five weeks before the start of the World Cup.
Roy left the field with a backspasm shortly after opening the inning in a 50-over Royal London One-Day Cup-match against Essex in The Oval. He later returned to make an unbeaten 35 out of 23 balls, but shuddered in pain when he took a full throw from Seafone Matthew Quinn for six and did not take the field during Essex's reply.
It's only two months since Roy flew home from the English tour of the West Indies on a hamstring flight – an injury that delayed the start of his domestic season until last week.
Opening batsman Jason Roy had to withdraw and played pain for Surrey against Essex
Roy received extensive treatment on the field during the Royal London One-Day Cup clash
Surrey said they would monitor his progress before deciding whether to pick him up for Thursday's London derby against Middlesex, then Roy should be in the three-day three-day camp in Cardiff on Saturday.
Anyway, his last injury came at a bad time. Not only is he in the middle of time deprived of the first World Cup to be held in this country for 20 years, but he joins a list of English squadron players who either ward off injuries or are in shape or – in case from Roy & # 39; s former opening partner Alex Hales – missing competitions for personal reasons.
Roy & # 39; s Surrey team-mate Tom Curran, another member of the provisional 15-party World Cup in England, was forced to miss the Essex competition with a knee laugh, while Kent Captain Joe Denly failed to conquer the field against Gloucestershire after a back spasm during his innings of 56.
Durham fast bowler Mark Wood has not played any cricket since March 10, while Chris Woakes has only appeared for Warwickshire twice since he was recovering from a knee injury. He took no one for 65 against Nottinghamshire in Edgbaston.
England suffered another blow from the world championship and Alex Hales took a break
Liam Plunkett, another Surrey man, has started the season more slowly and combined figures of 13-0-124-1 in the games against Gloucestershire and Sussex. When Gareth Batty held the third man on Tuesday on a spiral catch to fire Essex opener Paul Walter in Plunkett & # 39; s third place, his relief was evident. An analysis of four for 50 in a Surrey victory was promising.
& # 39; I felt much better today, & # 39; said Plunkett. & # 39; I attacked the fold, my pace was late 80s and I had some control and snapshots. I did my best to run straight and supported myself to throw the ball.
& # 39; If you put that pressure on yourself, you will freeze. The English stuff had nothing to do with that. I just wanted to impress with a new team. & # 39;
Throw in the fact that Ben Stokes missed games due to a leg injury with Rajasthan Royals at the IPL, and it seems unthinkable that Jofra Archer – the fast-paced Barbados-born Sussex bowler with a British passport – would not force 15 of England for their tournament -opener against South Africa in The Oval on 30 May.
Then there is the battle. While Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali were in the runs of the IPL, Stokes was on average only 22 in the Royals and the highest score of England captain Eoin Morgan in seven outings for Middlesex was 41.