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England opener Jason Roy has been ruled out of the remainder of the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup with a calf tear. Roy sustained the injury in the teams final Super 12 encounter against South Africa in Sharjah. He will now be replaced in the squad by James Vince, who was a travelling reserve in the England contingent.
Roy featured in each of Englands five fixtures in the tournament, scoring 123 runs -- behind only Jos Buttler -- including a highest of 61 against Bangladesh.
The 31-year-old had made a bright start in the chase against South Africa before he was called through for a single by Buttler. Roy pulled up almost immediately and dropped to the ground after completing the run. He retired hurt subsequently and had to be helped off the field by Tom Curran, the substitute.
"Im gutted to be ruled out of the World Cup," Roy said. "It is a bitter pill to swallow. I will be staying on to support the boys and hopefully, we can go all the way and lift that trophy. It has been an unbelievable journey so far and we have to continue expressing ourselves and concentrating on us.
"The rehab has already started and even though Ive torn my calf, Im going to give myself the best chance of being ready for the T20 tour of the Caribbean at the start of next year."
England, wholl play New Zealand in the first semifinal at Abu Dhabi, can now bring Vince into the XI as a direct replacement. However, they are likelier to bring in Sam Billings into the middle-order and promote one of Jonny Bairstow or Dawid Malan to open with Buttler.