Vince to open for England following Roy's injury

England's James Vince will open in Jason Roy's absence against Afghanistan but Eoin Morgan feels the injured opener will return in the upcoming matches.

Published : Jun 17, 2019 19:03 IST

James Vince will replace Jason Roy at the top of the order for England's ICC World Cup 2019 match against Afghanistan on Tuesday, captain Eoin Morgan has confirmed.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Monday Roy had suffered a hamstring tear and will miss the forthcoming game at Old Trafford and Friday's encounter versus Sri Lanka at Headingley.

Asked at a pre-match news conference whether Hampshire batsman Vince would step in as an opener, Morgan replied: "Yes, he is replacing Jason."

Morgan confirmed he will be able to play in Manchester after a back spasm prevented him from batting in last Friday's eight-wicket win over West Indies and he remains similarly confident over Roy's prospects in the tournament.

Next Tuesday's showdown with Australia at Lord's represents the next time at which the Surrey man might be available.

"I certainly believe Jason will play again in this tournament," he said.

"He's going to be assessed continuously over the next few weeks.

"Absolutely [I think he will play again] - if not Australia then the following game."

Having won three of its four matches, host England stands fourth in the round-robin standings and will look solidify its top four prospects with a win over Afghanistan, which is currently at the bottom with zero points.


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