England opener Jason Roy is doubtful for the Headingley Test starting on Thursday after a blow to his head during training while receiving throwdowns from Marcus Trescothick. The blow hit the stem guard which Roy was wearing. But he is set to go through a concussion test on the morning of the match.
Pope called up
Since Roy had a guard during the blow, he is expected to be fit for the clash but it looks like that England doesn’t want to take any chances. Ollie Pope has been called up t be put as a standby in case of an immediate decision. If Roy is ruled out, Pope, a middle-order batsman could slot in at no 4. Joe Denly will be pushed to open alongside Rory Burns.
Speaking about the same Joe Root sounded confident about Roy’s well being. He informed, “He’s been monitored quite closely as you’d expect; there is a huge amount of attention around concussion at the minute. He’s undergone a couple of concussion tests so far and scored really well. So as it stands I fully expect him to be fit and ready to go.” While talking about Pope as substitute he further added, “You can only make a change if it happens within a Test match not if it happens prior to it so, with that in mind, we will have to be absolutely sure Jason is fit and ready to go, but we are fully confident he will be.”
Concussions are serious
Nowadays concussions are watched very closely in Test cricket after the unfortunate incident of Philip Hughes. Last Ashes Test as Lord’s saw Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne undergoing concussion tests, thanks to the deadly spells of Jofra Archer. Smith was replaced by Labuschagne during the same Test match as part of the new concussion substitute rules after the former was hit by an Archer bouncer. Labuschagne became the first concussion substitute in the history of Test cricket.
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