After retiring hurt with a calf injury during England’s final Super 12s encounter against South Africa on Saturday night in Sharjah, Jason Roy looks doubtful for the knockout rounds of the T20 World Cup. When Roy was called through for a single off the first delivery of the fifth over, he had made 20 from 15 balls while opening the batting alongside Buttler. He pulled up practically straight after starting at the non-end, striker’s hobbling his way through the rest of the run, and then slumped to the ground, his head thrown back in pain and frustration.

Roy was subsequently helped off the pitch by Tom Curran, one of England’s substitutes for the day, and retired hurt, with Moeen Ali replacing him at No. 3. On the TV broadcast, he was later seen hiding his hands in sorrow outside the dressing room, then walking on a crutch on the boundary edge after South Africa won by ten runs.

After racing across to his right from long-on in the penultimate over of South Africa’s innings in an attempt to prevent a six from Rassie van der Dussen off Chris Jordan, Roy clutched the same muscle while fielding. After the game, England captain Eoin Morgan commented, “It definitely didn’t look fantastic. We’ll wait until tomorrow to see how he moves before sending him in for a scan and proceeding from there. We’re all hoping he gets better or that there’s a way to get him through one or two games, but we have to do what’s best for Jason and the club.”

Morgan stated that England will likely keep their side’s balance, implying that Billings would bat in the middle order. If not, Curran or David Willey, a seam-bowling all-rounder, might be brought in. Roy’s likely successor in the squad would be James Vince, one of two travelling reserves alongside Liam Dawson.