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How will England replace Jason Roy v New Zealand?

England have confirmed that opener Jason Roy will miss the rest of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup due to the calf injury he sustained against South Africa on Saturday.

Roy has been a key figure at the top of the order for Eoin Morgan’s side, with only Jos Buttler scoring more runs in the tournament for the Three Lions.

He was forced off early in England’s second innings chase against the Proteas on the weekend and today it was confirmed he will miss the rest of the tournament with James Vince replacing him in the squad.

It’s a heartbreaking blow for Jason and everyone at the Barmy Army wishes him a swift recovery.

In a statement on the ECB website, he’s backed his teammates to lift the trophy later this month but how will England replace him for the semi-final against New Zealand on Wednesday?

We assess their options…

Push Jonny Bairstow up the order and replace him with another batter

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In Jonny Bairstow, England have another world class T20 opener in their batting lineup already.

Bairstow averages 37.15 with a strike rate of 145.09 at the top of the order in T20 cricket, so it would be no surprise to see them push him up to open with Buttler for Wednesday’s game against New Zealand.

Should they stick with the same team balance that would mean either Sam Billings or James Vince would be added to the middle order.

Push someone else up the order and bring in another batter

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Number four is an important position and England may feel that they want to keep Bairstow there, so they could look to move someone else up the order instead.

Dawid Malan (who has an average of 34.46 and strike rate of 132.62 when opening in T20s) and Moeen Ali (average of 29.15 and strike rate of 156.56) are the two players that come to mind.

Again, that would likely mean either Billings or Vince are added to bolster the batting unit.

Bring in James Vince as an opener

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Vince has been brought into the squad as Roy’s replacement and it could be that he goes straight into the XI for Wednesday’s semi-final as a like-for-like replacement for the Surrey batter.

The 30-year-old has a strong record at the top of the order in T20s, having batted there 143 times and scored 4068 runs at an average of 30.81 with a strike rate of 137.85.

Push a batter up the order and bring in another seamer

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England’s current team balance has served them really well in the tournament so far but after defeat to South Africa, it may be that they look to shift things around a little bit and strengthen their bowling.

Such is the amount of talent in the current side that even without Roy, it is still a very, very impressive batting unit and one that can be relied on to make a big score.

With the semi-finals and final to be played in the evenings meaning dew could be an issue, it may be a shrewd tactical move for Morgan to push one of the batters up the order and play an extra seamer to give himself more bowling flexibility.

Assuming Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood keep their places, it would be one of either Tom Curran, Reece Topley, or David Willey.