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England batsman Jason Roy admits to feeling like a 'pawn in the sporting world' amid coronavirus pandemic but insists no player should be forced into taking the field Jason Roy has been hitting a tennis ball against the wall to try and keep his touch  He is itching to return to action but said not if it at the expense of people's health If cricket does return in July it will be four months since Roy batted in any format But the England white-ball opener is set on reclaiming a spot in the Test side  Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

By Lawrence Booth for MailOnline

Published: 18:00 BST, 2 May 2020 | Updated: 18:00 BST, 2 May 2020

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Jason Roy has admitted he feels like a 'pawn' in the debate about the return of sport during the coronavirus pandemic – and warned that no player should take the field if they feel uncomfortable.

England's white-ball opener says he has been going 'stir crazy' during the lockdown, hitting a tennis ball against a wall as he attempts to stay in some kind of touch.

And though he is itching to return to action as he bids both to build on last summer's World Cup success and reclaim the Test place he lost during the Ashes, he is adamant he will not do so at the expense of his health.

Jason Roy has said he feels like a 'pawn' regarding the return of sport during the pandemic

Jason Roy has said he feels like a 'pawn' regarding the return of sport during the pandemic

Roy admitted he is itching to play again after the coronavirus crisis brought cricket to a halt

Roy admitted he is itching to play again after the coronavirus crisis brought cricket to a halt

'I won't be going to my bosses and saying: 'Put me in the front line',' he said. 'I'll just get told what to do. I'm just a pawn in the sporting world.

'Everyone is missing sport, but safety comes first. If an individual wants to go on to the front line and put himself at risk, then good on him. But if somebody doesn't want to, then I don't think they should be criticised. I'm not sure it's the case that the country desperately needs us to play cricket to make themselves feel better.'

The ECB, who have already ruled out any cricket before July, continue to investigate the possibility of staging matches in bio-secure

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