sport news T20 World Cup: Jason Roy's injury is a blow for England but Jonny Bairstow can ...

sport news T20 World Cup: Jason Roy's injury is a blow for England but Jonny Bairstow can ...
sport news T20 World Cup: Jason Roy's injury is a blow for England but Jonny Bairstow can ...

The last time England faced New Zealand in a World Cup match we witnessed one of the greatest showpiece occasions the limited-overs game has ever seen.

Certainly, from a personal perspective, that 50-over final in 2019 was extra special because, at the fourth time of asking, an international team I coached won a global final.

Twice with Sri Lanka and then with England, when we had the last Twenty20 World Cup snatched from us in the last over by West Indies, had finals gone against my sides, so that incredible day at Lord's will always be one of the most memorable of my career.

Jonny Bairstow (above) can step up to replace Jason Roy for the rest of the T20 World Cup

Jonny Bairstow (above) can step up to replace Jason Roy for the rest of the T20 World Cup

Roy's injury is a blow for England because he can take the game away from the opposition

Roy's injury is a blow for England because he can take the game away from the opposition

It might be a bit much to expect a repeat, on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, of the drama that saw England win the cup after a super over.

But Eoin Morgan and his team have shown enough in this tournament to face New Zealand again as favourites. I don't actually think it will hurt England to have lost their final group match against South Africa.

It can refocus the boys because Morgs and Chris Silverwood wouldn't have wanted it to have all come a bit easily for them going into the knockout stages.

Sri Lanka went through to the final of the 2009 T20 World Cup undefeated but then we lost by eight wickets to Pakistan at Lord's, so better to get that defeat out of the way now against a South Africa side who were unlucky not to reach the final four.

Eoin Morgan and his team have shown enough to face New Zealand again as favourites

Eoin Morgan and his team have shown enough to face New Zealand again as favourites

There is another similarity with 2019 in that England have lost Jason Roy to injury, as we did for part of that 50-over tournament, and that is a huge disappointment for him. 

Roy is such a dynamic player who can take the game away from the opposition in the first five or six overs of a T20 match — but the good news is that now, as then, England are well covered to cope without J-Roy and have so much experience of these big matches.

Jos Buttler has been exceptional throughout the tournament but Morgan will look to Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali and himself to step up and deliver now when England most need them.

There is the option to do what we did in 2019 and bring in James Vince for Roy at the top of the order, as he is with this England squad as a reserve. That way the rest of the line-up could remain undisturbed. More likely, they will do what I would do and move Bairstow up to open, because he has done it so many times before and scored plenty of runs.

I don't think it will hurt England to have lost their final group match against South Africa

I don't think it will hurt England to have lost their final group match against South Africa

Wednesday's match will come down to a battle between those England batters and the New Zealand pace bowlers.

Trent Boult and Tim Southee have bowled very well with the new ball and, if England bat well in the power play, it will go a long way towards them progressing to the final.

New Zealand are a team who do all the little things very well. They are always in the game and, in finals, if you can keep up the

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