As England prepares to play in the semi-finals of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, batsman James Vince is expected to take the place of opener Jason Roy. Roy has been ruled out of the T20 World Cup after sustaining a torn left calf against South Africa in the Super-12 stage. The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 Event Technical Committee has now confirmed James Vince as Roy’s substitute, who travelled with the squad as a reserve player with Liam Lawson.

Roy has played a key role in England’s victorious campaign thus far, scoring 123 runs in five matches, with his top score of 61 runs coming against Bangladesh at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Roy was seen gripping his muscle while fielding during the England vs. South Africa match on November 6. He pulled up when running a single in the fifth over while opening the batting for the squad during the chase and returned to the pavilion after being called retired hurt. During his stint, he hit 20 runs off 15 balls and limped off the field with the assistance of the team physio and substitute Tom Curran.

Vince is expected to join the England group before their semifinal match against New Zealand on November 10. In the meantime, on November 11, Pakistan will face Australia in the second semi final encounter. With the addition of Vince, Eoin Morgan’s team will be aiming for their second T20 World Cup victory, after winning the competition in 2010. Meanwhile, Morgan will be aiming for his second ICC title as captain of the team, following England’s victory in the ICC ODI World Cup 2019.

England’s players have put in some outstanding performances in the competition thus far, as they move into the knockout stage. During the match against Sri Lanka, wicketkeeper batsman Jos Buttler made headlines by hitting an unbeaten century of 101 runs off 67 balls. The team’s bowlers, on the other hand, have performed admirably, with Adil Rashid leading the squad in wicket-taking with eight dismissals thus far in the competition. Moeen Ali, an all-rounder, and Tymal Mills, a bowler, have each removed seven batters. Chris Jordan and Chris Woakes, on the other hand, have dismissed six and five matches, respectively.