England will be up against Australia seeking a hat-trick of wins before heading to the semi-finals where they have already booked a spot for themselves. The clash at Edgbaston will be an opportunity to test out alternatives. As of now, there seem to be no major issues as far as the line-up is concerned, except one – Jason Roy in the top order.
There has been some cry worth noticing, demanding to swap him for a better name, say the in-form Yorkshireman Jonny Bairstow. Roy has made only 27 runs in his last five innings for England while Bairstow has hit three fifties in his last four ODIs and has smashed runs in huge amounts for his club side.
Morgan, however, isn’t ready to shake up the line-up.
“We believe in Roy. He has been a huge part of our team and we are a very strong side when Jason Roy is firing,” Morgan told BBC Sport.
The 26-year-old South Africa-born batsman has made only one 50 plus scores in the last 10 innings. His last five innings read – 14, 1, 4, 8, 1. Having a player who is struggling so badly is certainly not good for a team that is pitting itself as the favourites in a multi-nation tournament.
The skipper believes in his batsman and wants him to play with the natural instincts.
“I don’t think anyone uses the phrase ‘knuckle down’ in white ball cricket anymore, I definitely won’t be telling Jason Roy to knuckle down,” he told BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew.
“Everybody is in a bit of nick and the fact that one guy isn’t and we’re still winning games says a lot about this team.”
Two times runners-up England are a red hot form at the moment and would want to continue this momentum till the finals. The upcoming game against Australia will be a crucial one from a broader perspective as a loss would hurt their flawless run. Also, if they have an opportunity to kick out their rivals out of the tournament as the Steve Smith side has only two points from two washed out games.
“Everybody seems to be firing, it’s the type of performances you need for guys to rub off on each other because even if you’re in the form sometimes you won’t come off but you know someone else has your back in the group,” Morgan said.
Having already secured qualification for the semi-finals, the skipper spoke of a potential 100% record in the group stages:
“It’d be a huge confidence-booster. If we’re trying to win global tournaments we need to beat sides like Australia. It’s a great challenge and one we’re really looking forward to.”