Morgan: Roy to remain our go-to opener

“Jason Roy is part of our strong opening partnership with Alex Hales, and he’ll definitely play”

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England captain Eoin Morgan has insisted that Jason Roy will retain his place as Alex Hales’ opening partner during the Champions Trophy.

Questions have been raised about Roy, especially after his poor showing in the recent three-match ODI series against South Africa, where he only managed to score 13 runs at an average of 4.33.

Despite this, Morgan made it clear that it is only a matter of time before the 26-year-old finds his touch again.

“The decision will remain the same throughout the tournament,” he said. “Jason Roy is part of our strong opening partnership with Alex Hales, and he’ll definitely play.”

Even though Jonny Bairstow has been touted as a potential replacement, Morgan confirmed that the 27-year-old, who scored 51 in the third and final ODI against the Proteas, will not be included in the playing XI.

“Jonny Bairstow will miss out unfortunately – it’s been the case for the last couple of years,” he said. “(Bairstow) has been very good when he’s come in but one of the strongest parts of reinforcing the way we play, and the freedom, is backing that up with (consistent) selection.”

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