England opening batter Jason Roy will miss their T20 World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
Roy has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament after suffering a calf injury as he collapsed to the ground while chasing a quick single in Saturday’s 10-run loss to South Africa. He will be replaced in the squad by James Vince.
Roy has joined left-arm fast bowler Tymal Mills on the injured list in another blow to England, who lost to the West Indies in the final of the 2016 tournament.
“I’m gutted to be ruled out of the World Cup,” said Roy in a statement. “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.”
Roy had made 123 runs in five innings at an average of 30.75 and a strike rate of 138.2 in a tournament at which his opening partnership with Jos Buttler has often provided England with an ideal launchpad.
There are a number of options for a replacement opening partner alongside Buttler, including Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan and Moeen Ali.
England arrived in the Gulf without the injured Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Sam Curran before Mills broke down with a thigh strain.
Morgan’s team is bidding to become the first to hold cricket’s two major global limited-overs titles simultaneously.
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