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Jason Roy’s hopes of playing in Ashes for England hit by hamstring injury

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Jason Roy’s hopes of being part of England’s Ashes squad this summer have been hit by a hamstring injury that means the earliest he is likely to play any red-ball cricket is the Test against Ireland in July, a little over a week before battle commences with Australia.

Roy has been spoken of as a potential Test opener for England, given his sparkling form at one-day level and in light of Keaton Jennings’s struggles. Alec Stewart, Roy’s director of cricket at Surrey, firmly believes the 28?year?old can make the transition to the longer form of the game but admitted on Monday that he faces a race against time to be fit for the Ashes.

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