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James Vince in line for World Cup debut against Afghanistan

15 Jun 2019 Daily Mail Online

James Vince is in line for his World Cup debut on Tuesday against Afghanistan as England reshuffle their injury-hit batting line-up.

Jason Roy tweaked his troublesome left hamstring during Friday’s win over West Indies in Southampton, while captain Eoin Morgan suffered a back spasm. 

News of Morgan’s prospects is expected on Sunday, though he seems more likely to be fit in time to take on the Afghans than Roy, who was out of action earlier in the year after injuring the same hamstring in the Caribbean.

James Vince is in line for his World Cup debut at Old Trafford on Tuesday against Afghanistan

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That means Hampshire captain Vince would be in the frame to win his 11th one-day cap, more than four years after his first, and open the batting with Jonny Bairstow. 

His eight ODI innings so far have brought him a highest score of 51, back in 2016, and an average of 28.

If Roy, who underwent a scan on Saturday — results are expected within 48 hours — is ruled out beyond Tuesday, Vince will have to improve on those statistics if he is to fill his shoes successfully.

England’s other option would be to ask Moeen Ali, who missed the games against Bangladesh and West Indies, to open the batting — a role he has not performed for three years.

England were dealt a blow after Jason Roy tweaked his troublesome hamstring

Captain Eoin Morgan has also caused concern after suffering with a back spasm

Ali — who would also offer an off-spin option to the bowling line-up — may play anyway if Morgan sits out the game at Old Trafford against Afghanistan, with England then needing to decide who to bat at No 4. 

Jos Buttler, the stand-in captain in Morgan’s absence, all-rounder Ben Stokes and Ali are all candidates.

England will also have to decide how best to manage their fast bowlers, with five group games still to come ahead of the knockouts.

There were concerns over Mark Wood’s left ankle before the game against West Indies, though he bowled superbly to take three for 18. If either he or Jofra Archer is rested, Tom Curran could be in line for a World Cup debut, too.

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