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Woakes backing England to cope if injury rules out Morgan and Roy

 

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By Rory Dollard

England will have no qualms about tinkering with their World Cup blueprint if injury rules Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy out of facing Afghanistan.

The duo have been in rest and recovery mode ever since limping out of the eight-wicket win over the West Indies in Southampton, captain Morgan battling a painful back spasm and opening batsman Roy managing a tweaked hamstring.

The pair have been crucial to England's explosive batting exploits in recent years and would create a major hole in the top four should they be ruled out of tomorrow's tie at Old Trafford.

Even so, they were not missed in the second half of the game against the Windies with Joe Root reeling off an unbeaten century after stepping into Roy's shoes at opener and all-rounder Chris Woakes making an assured 40 at No.3.

"If they (Morgan and Roy) are not quite ready we have to be flexible," said Woakes. "In a World Cup things aren't always going to go to plan, so we have to be ready. There's always going to be other players who have to play at some point.

"When it's a series you can call people in at your will and play them when you want but within a World Cup it's always going to be a squad effort.

"Rooty batted beautifully throughout against the West Indies. He's always calm."

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