England vs India: Finger injury leaves Jason Roy in doubt for third ODI
The 27-year old injured his finger while fielding against the Indians at Lord's
Published - Jul 16, 2018 6:40 pm | Updated - Jul 16, 2018 6:51 pm
The England cricket team management has been dealt with a blow with the news of opening batsman Jason Roy possibly unavailable courtesy of a finger injury. Roy, 27, sustained the injury while fielding in the second ODI against India at Lord’s. He was fielding at cover when Suresh Raina cut a delivery that went straight to Roy.
However, unnoticed by the Television audience and several others sitting in the vast expanse of the Spiritual Home of cricket, so to speak, Roy’s finger began bleeding. Should he be unavailable for the following match at Leeds, this would certainly prove to be a massive jolt in skipper Eoin Morgan’s ambitions of not only securing an ODI win against the Indians, but also holding on to their number one ranking status in the ICC fraternity. James Vince is likely to take Roy’s place if he misses the game.
As things stand, the tour of the UK is currently going extremely well for Virat Kohli and his band of merry men. Following their 2-0 win in Ireland, they secured the T20 international series 2-1 and now find themselves tied in the three-match ODI series 1-1, having won the first match rather comfortably as well.
Jos Buttler may open with Bairstow
With Roy uncertain for the final ODI and Alex Hales also missing due to a devastating injury, one thing that is clear is the simple fact that the Brits may well be left without a full-time opener.
Having opened the batting in the T20I series as well as being slotted in the opening slot by the Rajasthan Royals on several occasions, it is quite clear that Jos Buttler may be considered to open the batting along with the explosive Jonny Bairstow. While this remains to be seen, the third and final ODI will be played at Leeds before the Indians begin their preparations for the five-match Test series to follow.