Jason Roy admits World Cup return is a “grey area”

2019 Cricket World Cup

England opener Jason Roy has revealed that a potential return to action in the 2019 Cricket World Cup hangs in the balance due to the uncertain nature of recovery from hamstring injuries.

Roy suffered the left hamstring injury in England’s comfortable eight-wicket victory over the increasingly forlorn West Indies at The Rose Bowl on Friday.

Hamstring injuries have been a constant source of consternation for Roy, but England will be keen to give the destructive opener every chance to prove his fitness, especially after a possible recall for Alex Hales was given short shrift.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Roy said: “(I’m) targeting Australia but we’ll see how this week goes.

“It all depends on this week. If this week goes to plan then maybe, but who knows? There’s a lot of grey area with hamstrings unfortunately.”

Roy is already confirmed to be absent from England’s next fixture versus Sri Lanka on Friday.

It is not inconceivable that Roy may not be available for selection again until the knockout stage of the tournament begins, but if England continue to progress serenely through the group stage, the need to risk his fitness may never materialise.