England skipper Eoin Morgan has hinted that out-of-form opener Jason Roy is in line to be dropped for his side’s Champions Trophy semi-final showdown with Pakistan in Cardiff on Wednesday.
Roy’s form has plummeted in his last eight one-day internationals, scoring just 51 runs in that time, while Yorkshire’s Jonny Bairstow has been banging on the door with a string of consistent performances.
“There’s a chance we could make a change,” said Morgan. “Obviously, we won’t announce the team until the toss, but there’s a chance there could be a change.
“Getting to this stage of the tournament, we need results, and if that means somebody misses out, it’s unfortunate, but for the team’s sake, we need to get results. We want to win this tournament.”
Bairstow, who scored 174 from 113 balls while opening for Yorkshire against Durham in the One-Day Cup in May, was first out to bat in the nets in training yesterday, while Roy fielded on the boundary.
Morgan added: “I’d have no worries if he [Bairstow] has to open the batting.”