Cricket World Cup 2019: England's Jason Roy itching to be fit in time for Australia clash

Press Association Sport 16:35 21/06/2019
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Jason Roy is hoping to face Australia.

Jason Roy remains hopeful of being fit to face Australia next week but admits his hamstring injury is being managed “day by day”.

The explosive opening batsman tore the muscle in his left leg while fielding against the West Indies and was ruled out for at least two games, against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.

Jason Roy remains hopeful of being fit to face Australia next week but admits his hamstring injury is being managed “day by day”.

The explosive opening batsman tore the muscle in his left leg while fielding against the West Indies and was ruled out for at least two games, against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.

“It’s healing pretty well. It’s all good news. At the moment, I’m still trying to be fit for Australia, and then it’s got to go game by game.

“It can’t be ‘I’ll definitely be back for this game or that game’, it’s something that we have to manage day by day.”

He missed out on a record-breaking day against Afghanistan, during which captain Eoin Morgan hit 17 sixes in a hefty total of 397, but is not mourning the runs he might have missed.

“You do think that but we have the bigger picture in mind,” he said.

“We have the semi-finals and the final and all of that to play for. If you look at it game by game, you can get frustrated, but I don’t do that.”

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Press Association Sport 16:25 21/06/2019
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Australia have won 13 out of their last 14 ODIs.

Marcus Stoinis believes Australia’s hot streak in one-day internationals outweighs their recent dismal record against England ahead of next week’s mouthwatering World Cup clash.

David Warner’s 166 from 147 deliveries, his second century of the tournament, led Australia to a 13th victory in their past 14 ODIs after they saw off Bangladesh by 48 runs at Trent Bridge.

Warner and Steve Smith both missed last year’s 5-0 whitewash defeat in England because they were suspended for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal.

England may have won nine of the last 10 ODIs between the sides but Stoinis feels it counts for little ahead of Australia’s meeting with the tournament hosts and favourites at Lord’s on Tuesday.

Stoinis said: “I think the fact we’ve won 13 out of 14 gives us confidence going into that game. Everyone’s been working towards this (tournament) for a long time.

“We’ve got two of the best players in the world that have come back into our side at the right time. We’re playing at the right time for us.”

The all-rounder knows they cannot underestimate the number one ranked side, though, adding: “I’m going to have to nail some yorkers and slower balls, because they’re absolutely flying at the moment.”

Stoinis returned to Australia’s line-up in Nottingham, taking the crucial wicket of Shakib Al Hasan, after missing the wins over Pakistan and Sri Lanka because of a side strain he suffered in the loss to India.

He said: “My initial thought when I did it was ‘oh no, I’m out of the World Cup’. But once I was better I was OK.

“I spent a bit of time with the physio and the doc. A lot of ice at midnight, but only for the first night. After that it was just regulation.

“We didn’t put a time on it. The support staff did a really good job with that, and not over-reacting. They gave me a chance going into this game, which was probably the deadline.

“The last couple of weeks have been so exciting – a bit of a roller coaster – but then I was so down in the dumps that I hurt myself the other day. Now I’m stoked that I’m back in the team and doing my thing.”

Australia’s fifth win in six leaves them well placed for a top-four finish and progression to the semi-finals but Bangladesh’s hopes are on a knife edge after a third loss.

The Tigers made a decent fist of attempting to overhaul Australia’s 381 for five, responding with their highest ODI total of 333 for eight, thanks to Mushfiqur Rahim’s defiant century and fifties from Mahmudullah and Tamim Iqbal.

Tamim, though, refuses to believe their tournament is over, saying: “We still have a chance.

“I don’t think any of my team-mates are thinking along those lines (of being knocked out). We have a chance if we win three matches.”

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Cricket World Cup 2019 LIVE: England look to reclaim top spot against Sri Lanka at Headingley

Sport360 staff 13:19 21/06/2019
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England will be looking to reclaim top spot in the World Cup standings on Friday after a second tournament century from David Warner put Australia in pole position.

Warner showed flashes of his belligerent best with 166 from 147 balls, propelling his side to a 48-run victory over Bangladesh to leave them with 10 points from a possible 12.

The hosts would match that if they follow the form book and see off Sri Lanka, but go into that match at Headingley with a vastly superior net run-rate that would put them in first place.

The Lions, meanwhile, will be harbouring hopes of producing the World Cup’s first major upset and reigniting their own ailing bid for the semi-finals.

Having won the toss, Sri Lanka opted to bat first.

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