England’s calamitous run chase in defeat to Australia proves just how much they need opener Jason Roy back for Sunday’s pivotal clash with India.

The Three Lions have now slipped out to 11/4 third favourites to win the tournament behind Australia (2/1) and the Indians (also 2/1) after fluffing their lines once more at Lord’s on Tuesday.

 

Set a relatively modest target by the Baggy Greens, too many batsmen gave their wicket away with unnecessary shots and it has put the hosts under real pressure to qualify for the semi-finals.

Eoin Morgan’s men sit fourth in the table, looking over their shoulders at the likes of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and even Pakistan.

A clash with unbeaten New Zealand will wrap up England’s group campaign after the India encounter and heads will roll if they do not qualify for the knockout stage.

Roy has established himself as one of the best one-day batsmen in world cricket and smashed 153 against Bangladesh before pulling up lame while fielding in the match with West Indies (Roy 12/1 – Top England Tournament Run-Scorer).

The Surrey man has not played since although reports suggest he is close to a return and may feature against Virat Kohli’s side this weekend.

“Jason Roy is making good progress from his hamstring injury,” an ECB spokesman said. “He is being assessed every day. Yesterday he batted in the nets and was also running shuttles on the outfield.

“A decision on whether he’ll be fit to resume against India will be made when we train on Friday and Saturday at Edgbaston.”


Defeat to India would not be terminal to England’s chances of making the semis as other teams below them would need to pick up points, but bouncing back to winning ways would certainly be welcome and help build momentum towards the business end of the showpiece.

Odds subject to change.