England opener Jason Roy to MISS Twenty20 series against Pakistan due to left side strain… leaving door open for Dawid Malan or Tom Banton
- England have suffered a big blow on the eve of their first Twenty20 vs Pakistan
- Opening batsman Jason Roy has been ruled out of series due to a left side strain
- His absence could give either Dawid Malan or Tom Banton the chance to shine
- England hope Roy will return for the limited-overs matches against Australia
England have been dealt a blow on the eve of the first Twenty20 against Pakistan with the news opening batsman Jason Roy will miss the three-match series because of a left side strain.
The World Cup winner has been a top-order regular in England’s white-ball sides for a number of years, but his absence could create an opening for Yorkshire’s Dawid Malan or Somerset’s Tom Banton.
While Roy will miss matches at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday, Sunday and next Tuesday against Pakistan, the big-hitting batsman will remain in the bio-secure bubble with a view to returning in the limited-overs matches against Australia next month.
England’s Jason Roy has been sidelined for the Pakistan series because of a left side strain
Roy’s absence at the top of the order could create an opening for Yorkshire’s Dawid Malan
An England statement said: ‘England’s Jason Roy has been ruled out of the Vitality IT20s against Pakistan after sustaining a left side strain.
‘The Surrey top-order batsman picked up the injury this week in the team’s preparation at Emirates Old Trafford and had a scan on Wednesday.
‘He will remain with the England set-up and will commence his rehabilitation programme looking ahead to the Australia white-ball series, which starts next month at the Ageas Bowl.’
Somerset’s Tom Banton will also be eyeing Roy’s spot at the top of the England batting order
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