England’s first choice opener, Jason Roy suffered a back spasm on Tuesday while batting for his county team Surrey against Sussex. The right-handed swashbuckler’s side ultimately won the match, registering two points.
How He Got Injured
The 28-year-old retired hurt after complaining about pain early in his innings which was later diagnosed as a back spasm. The injury came as a surprise for all England fans as he is the premier opener renowned for his power hitting. The questions regarding his return for the World Cup were laid to rest when he walked out to bat in the 47th over to take his score from 16 to 35*.
The top batsman was an automatic pick for England selectors as they announced England’s preliminary squad for World Cup and Pakistan series. He has been the main part of England’s limited overs format’s revamp ever since their early exit at the World Cup 2015.
Batting first, Surrey posted 278-8 in their 50 overs in a Royal London One Day Cup. Essex were bowled out for 213 in response, giving two points to Surrey.
One of the Most Key Players
The record holder for highest ODI score by an Englishman is 180 which belongs to none other than Jason Roy. He smacked a belligerent 180 against Australia at Melbourne in 2018, ultimately helping his team get over the line while chasing 305.
In 73 matches, the right-hander has scored 2661 runs at an average of 38.56 including 7 centuries. He will be the key for England at the mega event as the hosts eye their first World Cup title.