Jonny Bairstow replaces Jason Roy for England against Pakistan

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 19, 2017

Having swept aside all opposition in the group stage, hosts England are expected to face a strong pace attack when they take on Pakistan in the first semi-final of the Champions Trophy cricket on Wednesday.

Eoin Morgan, the England captain, hinted on Tuesday that Bairstow, who has never played as an opener in global cricket, could come in for the out-of-form opener Jason Roy.

England can not name their team until the day of the match for anti-corruption reasons, but Morgan said Yorkshire's Bairstow would be a capable replacement for Roy.

"There's a chance that we could make a change", he told reporters here at Sophia Gardens. "I mentioned after the last game that we're getting to the business end of the tournament and we need to produce results, so it's important that we get what we feel is our best XI to win the tournament out tomorrow in order to win the game", he added.

While he impressed in India and the West Indies over the winter - with four half-centuries in seven matches - he has registered six single-figure scores in his last eight ODIs and a highest total of only 20.

Bairstow is unaccustomed to the new white ball with England, but he has taken on the role at Yorkshire this summer and proved his pedigree by flaying Durham for a List A-best of 174 from 113 balls.

British cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew said Roy did not bat with the rest of the team in Tuesday's net session, with Jonny Bairstow-his likely replacement-in first. I think his best attribute, certainly in white-ball cricket over the past year and a half, has been his relentless attitude to score runs regardless of the situation.

"I was anxious Roy hadn't fired yet because I think he is close to something good", Arthur said. But, like I've mentioned before, it's a very hard team to get into and you've just got to wait for your chance. "I know he has opened at county level but he's never done it internationally and I think that is a different ball game".

While Roy has failed, every other batsman has hit form with Alex Hales (151), Joe Root (212), Eoin Morgan (175) and Ben Stokes (150) among the top 11 tournament run scorers.

But Morgan will be wary of a side who clearly relish conditions in Cardiff where a year ago they chased down a target of 303 to beat England, with Sarfraz Ahmed, their hero against Sri Lanka, hitting 90.

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