Jason Roy ruled out of remainder of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021/22

England’s Jason Roy has been ruled out of the remainder of the T20 World Cup after tearing his left calf in England’s match against South Africa.

Jason Roy sustained a calf injury ruling him out of rest of T20 World Cup

England faced South Africa in their final Super 12 match on Saturday 6 November 2021. While England lost by 10 runs, they still managed to finish top of their group making it through to the semifinals of the T20 competition.

However, Eoin Morgan’s squad would not have been disappointed merely by their loss to the South Africans, but by the sight of Jason Roy limping off the pitch after 20 runs off 15 balls.

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With Jos Buttler on strike, the pair ran for a quick single but Roy’s left calf appeared to give way and he struggled to make it to the other end of the wicket before collapsing to the ground.

Roy was on 20 off 15 balls before sustaining his injury

The 31-year-old Surrey batsman appeared to be holding back tears on the pitch as he winced in pain before being helped off the pitch by Tom Curran and Sam Billings.

The opening batsman had a scan on Sunday and the results have shown that Roy has torn his left calf meaning he will miss the remaining matches of the T20 World Cup. James Vince has been announced as his replacement in the squad.

Roy has scored 123 runs in the tournament and his highest score came against Bangladesh when he hit 61 off 38 balls.

In a statement announcing the injury, Roy said “I am gutted to be ruled out of the World Cup. It is a bitter pill to swallow.

“I will be staying on to support the boys and hopefully we can go all the way and lift that trophy. It has been an unbelievable journey so far, and we have to continue expressing ourselves and concentrating on us.

“The rehab has already started, and even though I’ve torn my calf, I’m going to give myself the best chance of being ready for the T20 tour of the Caribbean at the start of next year.”

This is not the first time an injury has squandered Roy’s chances in a world cup. During the 2019 ODI World Cup, Roy missed the middle three matches due to re-aggravating a hamstring injury that he had sustained earlier in the season. Unlike 2019, Roy will not be able to return to the next match England may play if they make it to the final on Sunday.

Hampshire’s James Vince has been called up from the reserves to replace Roy in the squad.

Hampshire’s James Vince replaces Roy

Vince has scored 340 runs in International T20s and has an average of 28.33 with a high score of 59. He was also the third-highest scorer at the Men’s The Hundred tournament this summer, playing for the first ever champions, Southern Brave.

Roy is now the second player to have been ruled out of the England squad due to injury after Tymal Mills suffered a thigh strain in England’s match against Sri Lanka. Mills was replaced by fellow left-arm paceman Reece Topley.

England will play New Zealand in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup on Wednesday 10 November 2021. The match starts at 2pm BST and will take place at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. It is available to watch on Sky Sports.

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