James Vince prepares for World Cup bow as England sweat on fitness of Roy and Morgan

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JAMES VINCE is preparing for his World Cup bow tomorrow as England sweat on the fitness of Jason Roy and Eoin Morgan.
Hampshire captain Vince looks likely to open the batting against Afghanistan at Old Trafford with England forced to change their winning formula.

The Hampshire captain looks likely to open the batting against Afghanistan at Old Trafford with England forced to change their winning formula
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England sweat on the fitness of Jason Roy and Eoin Morgan
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Roy and Morgan — so crucial to England’s 50-over transformation in the last four years — underwent scans on Saturday after suffering injuries during Friday’s eight-wicket victory over West Indies at Southampton.

Surrey slugger Roy tweaked a hamstring while captain Morgan suffered a back spasm. Team medics were last night analysing the images of the scans before deciding the seriousness of the injuries.

Roy is more of a worry because he was out for several weeks when he injured the same hamstring earlier this year.
Morgan has had back spasms but they normally settle down in a few days.

Vince, 28, was brought into the squad when Alex Hales was axed following his second positive test for using recreational drugs.

It further shows Hales’ stupidity as he would now be having a chance to make his mark on the tournament.

Instead, he is twiddling his thumbs for a few weeks before playing domestic T20 cricket for Notts then going to the Caribbean Premier League.

In the absence of Roy, Test skipper Joe Root was promoted to open against the Windies and scored his second century of the tournament.

All-rounder Chris Woakes, who came in at No 3 at the Hampshire Bowl, said: “If Morgan and Roy are not ready to play, we have to be flexible.

“In a World Cup, things won’t always go to plan, so we have to be ready.

“Other players are going to be needed at some point, playing a World Cup is a squad effort.

“There was the odd whisper of me opening the batting against the Windies but that didn’t last long.
“The plan was to keep the middle order settled and not move too many people around.

“Thankfully, we were chasing only a little over 200 — I might have been a bit more nervous if it had been 300.”
Afghanistan have warned England they should not be taken lightly.

The Asian minnows are bottom of the World Cup table having lost all four of their games so far.

They have been bowled out for less than 200 in three of those matches.

But batsman Hashmatullah Shahidi, 24, insists his side can still shock the tournament favourites.


He said: “If we play good cricket, we can beat any team — but it depends on our batting.

“We are struggling. We have lost four in a row so we are disappointed. But they have all been on difficult tracks, on green tracks.

“We still have five games to go and I hope the next games will be good for batting. We know runs can be scored.”

England’s Jonny Bairstow, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, James Vince, Jos Butler, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan during the nets session at Hampshire
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