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Jason Roy’s absence not a problem for England captain Eoin Morgan

England’s sole loss to Australia in the last 2 years came by 3 wickets at the Adelaide Oval in January 2018

By TT Bureau in Calcutta
  • Published 25.06.19, 4:35 AM
  • Updated 25.06.19, 4:35 AM
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England captain Eoin Morgan during a press conference at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England, on June 2, 2019. (AP)

Jason Roy’s continued absence is not a problem for Eoin Morgan, as England aim to extend their recent dominance over Australia.

Since the start of 2017, England have won 10 out of 11 ODIs against Australia, both at home and Down Under, to potentially gain a psychological advantage heading into the clash at Lord’s on Tuesday.

England, though, will have to do without opening batsman Roy once again, as Morgan confirmed the former is yet to recover from the torn hamstring that ruled him out of the team’s past two matches of this World Cup.

James Vince has filled in for Roy, scoring 26 against Afghanistan and14 in the surprise loss to Sri Lanka in England’s previous game. But Morgan is confident that Vince is capable of stepping up.

“Jason went for another scan and he won’t be fit for the game,” said the England captain at the pre-match media conference on Monday.

“Putting one game on it (when Roy might return) isn’t sensible… We’ll see how he goes… Of course, his absence is a big loss. He’s an outstanding performer and the way he plays epitomises the way we play as a group.

“But I’m confident we have the batting covered. James Vince is an extremely talented and gifted player. You can see that by watching him.

“I’m not concerned (that he hasn’t hit many runs). We have every faith in him to get a score at some stage and it’s important he continues playing in own way.”

England’s sole loss to Australia in the last two years came by three wickets at the Adelaide Oval in January 2018, giving Morgan’s men a level of supremacy over their rivals that they haven’t enjoyed at any other point in history.

However, they did lose the warm-up game against Aaron Finch’s side in Southampton some weeks back.

Both teams are fighting to make the semi-finals of this World Cup, but Morgan is confident his troops won’t wilt under the added pressure, although he warned against reading too much into the recent head-to-head record.