Jason Roy Injury Update: The English opening batsman received a nasty blow while batting in the nets ahead of the third Test.
England opening batsman Jason Roy suffered a nasty blow on the back of his neck while batting in the nets ahead of the third Test at Headingley. Roy has become the third cricketer after Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne to cope a dangerous blow on/near his head.
Jason Roy Injury Update
Having expressed immediate pain after getting hit, Roy received proper medication and was subsequently passed fit to play in the Headingley Test. It is worth mentioning that Roy successfully passed the concussion test conducted by the team doctor.
While Roy looks set to play the second Test, he will be observed once again before the match starts. If the right-hand batsman shows any concussion symptoms, he will be replaced by standby player Ollie Pope. In such a scenario, middle-order batsman Joe Denly will open the batting alongside Rory Burns and Pope will bat in the middle-order.
0-1 down after two Tests in the five-match series, losing a player to injury would be the last thing which the home team would want at this point in time. In a bid to regain the Ashes, England will have no other option than to win at least two Tests (and ensure that they don’t lose the third one). Given the form that the visitors are in, the same would be no mean task for England.
Shaky start for Jason Roy
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) August 19, 2019
Roy, who made his Test debut during the one-off Test against Ireland last month, has failed to convert his limited-overs form into Test cricket. In three Tests, Roy has scored 117 runs at an average of 19.50 and a strike rate of 63.24 including a half-century on debut.
Usually a middle-order batsman for Surrey in the English county, Roy has been given the opening role – something which he has done exceedingly well in white-ball cricket at the highest level.