England are ‘almost certain’ to be without opener Jason Roy once again when they face Australia at Lord’s on Tuesday.
The 28-year-old suffered a hamstring tear against the West Indies back on June 14 and has missed England’s recent matches against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.
There was however optimism that the Surrey star would be back in time for Tuesday’s crucial clash in London, with Eoin Morgan’s side not quite assured of a place in the semi-finals after Friday’s defeat to Sri Lanka.
According to The Times, Roy will ‘not be risked’ against England’s traditional rivals, as he ‘did not train with the rest of the England squad on Sunday at Merchant Taylor’s School in Hertfordshire’.
He will however have a scan on Monday morning to ‘assess the progress of the tear’, but England are expected to remain patient with Roy so as not to risk further damage.
A teleconference on Thursday could bring positive news for cricket fans.
The Australian’s peak moment at the helm came last year as he shepherded England to their first ever World Cup crown.
Any return would have to be considered in the future with Yorkshire’s players and staff having taken wage cuts due to the pandemic.
The traditional method of spit-polishing to produce movement through the air has been deemed too great a risk of transmitting coronavirus.
The Lancastrian was fresh off some standout displays in the 2003 World Cup.
Hales lost his place in last year’s World Cup-winning squad after news of a second failed test for recreational drugs.
The Warwickshire all-rounder is one on 18 bowlers to be selected for personalised practice.
The West Indies are due to arrive on these shores first this summer.
Broad took part in an individual training session at Trent Bridge.