By Paul Newman for the Daily Mail
Published: 20:41 BST, 20 August 2019 | Updated: 20:47 BST, 20 August 2019
Jason Roy became the latest Ashes batsman to be struck on the head on Tuesday but looks sure to recover in time to take his chance — perhaps for the last time — at the top of England's Test order.
The opener was hit on the neck during practice when a delivery from Marcus Trescothick, invited to join the coaching staff here, with the side-arm 'dog-ball thrower' bowling aid reared up at him in the Headingley nets.
It came after Australia's Marnus Labuschagne was also struck on the helmet again on Tuesday, this time by team-mate Mitchell Starc, and followed hot on the heels of Steve Smith being ruled out of Thursday's third Test with concussion.
Jason Roy was struck on the head on Tuesday but looks sure to be fit for the third Ashes Test
Roy appeared unhurt and passed an initial test by England's medical staff, but in the current climate of extra concern over head injuries, he will be checked again on Wednesday.
As long as he is declared fit, Roy looks sure to open, even though he has struggled to adapt to the demands of the longer game and coach Trevor Bayliss believes he is better suited to the middle order.
England are loath to change their fragile batting line-up too quickly and look set to go in with the same top four who played in the draw at Lord's.
That means Roy, a white-ball destroyer at the top of the order, will open with Rory Burns while Joe Denly stays at four.