Roy shrugs off injury fears


Jason Roy endured several hours of drama he and the selectors could have done without, retiring hurt after taking a blow to his thumb on the day he was named in an England squad for the first time.

The uncapped Jason Roy's participation in England's one-off Twenty20 International against India at Edgbaston in Birmingham remained in the balance on Monday.

Roy has been named in a strong squad for Sunday's fixture on the back of a fine stretch of limited-overs form at county level. His debut, however, will be subject to a late fitness test.

The right-handed batsman sustained a hand injury during Surrey's tour match against New Zealand A at The Oval in London on the weekend. Struck by fast bowler Hamish Bennett, he retired hurt on one.

"I tried to bat on for a bit, but then got a bit worried about it. So I went for an x-ray to make sure I got peace of mind. It should be absolutely fine in a couple of days," said the South African-born Roy.

"A bit of ice treatment and rest, and it should be sweet. This is is a huge opportunity for me. It's a dream of mine since I was a pup. I hope I can get a few runs and win a game for them."

All-rounder Tim Bresnan and fast bowler Steven Finn have also been named in the 14-man party. The hard-hitting Luke Wright, right-handed Ian Bell and left-handed Michael Carberry, though, have been overlooked.

"Finn has come such a long way from where he was in February. He probably went for a few too many runs – but as a guy bowling at 86, 87 miles per hour on a slow wicket, he adds a different dimension," added ODI skipper Alastair Cook.

"You saw the best of Finn in New Zealand, and India once when we were there.
"If he can get back to that level, he's a very fine bowler."