Jason Roy Injury Update: The English captain talked about both his opening batsman and his own injury during the presentation ceremony.
During the 19th match of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between England and West Indies at Southampton, England beat West Indies by 8 wickets to register their third victory in the tournament. With three victories in four matches, England are currently at No. 2 on the points table.
What came as a major concern for the hosts during the first innings was opening batsman Jason Roy and captain Eoin Morgan walking-off from the ground after succumbing to respective injuries. Vice-captain and wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler had led the English team during the last phase of the innings.
Jason Roy Injury Update
Speaking during the post-match presentation ceremony, Morgan disclosed that he suffered a sore back during the first innings. “It’s the back. It’s a bit sore at the moment,” Morgan was quoted as saying.
“Jason Roy has potentially tweaked his hamstring. He’s gone for a scan and we have to see it for the next 48 hours. I’ve had back spasms in the past and we have to see over the next 24-48 hours. Everybody in our squad is vital, and we don’t want injuries,” Morgan said about Roy’s injury.
Talking about the match, Morgan was pleased with the way the English bowlers executed their plans against a potentially dangerous West Indian batting lineup. Morgan was particularly impressed with England fast bowler Jofra Archer. Having registered bowling figures of 9-1-30-3, Archer was the pick of the bowlers for his team.
“I think we had a really good day at the office today. The way the bowlers stuck to plans on that surface was outstanding. Continued to create chances through the middle overs.
“He [Joffra Archer] is a pleasure to captain. He loves the challenge and to overcome it. Our plans have remained the same throughout, even though the personnel have changed. The guys are executing the plans better, and you need players that can play a part through the tournament,” Morgan added.
Morgan eulogizes Root for his ‘Man of the Match’ innings
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Before concluding, Morgan was wax lyrical about Joe Root, who scored his second century of the tournament. Opening the batting with Jonny Bairstow in Roy’s absence, Root adjusted to his new role without much discomfort. Remaining unbeaten will the end, Root scored 100* (94) with the help of 11 fours to seal the chase in the 34th over.
“Joe [Root] has had an absolute day out. He’s the glue that keeps the team together,” Morgan talked about Root’s 16th ODI century. Having scored 279 runs in four matches at an average of 93 and a strike rate of 97.55, Root is currently the highest run-scorer in the tournament.