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Roy, Plunkett doubtful for England's Tri-Series opener against Australia

Jason Roy is suffering from a back spasm
Jason Roy is suffering from a back spasm

England opening batsman Jason Roy and pace bowler Liam Plunkett for doubtful starters for the Tri-Series opening clash against Australia on Wednesday due to injuries.

Roy, who scored a stunning 180-run knock in the first One-Day International against Australia in Melbourne is suffering from a back spasm that kept him out of the warm-up game against Cricket Australia XI in Canberra while Plunkett sustained a hamstring injury in the third ODI in Sydney and has been out of action since then.

Apart from the duo, Chris Jordan is also sidelined with a hamstring injury while Alex Hales has a hand injury but both are expected to be fit in time for the Hobart game according to skipper Eoin Morgan.

"Jordan and Hales are expected to be fit, Plunkett and Roy are closer to 50-50," Morgan told cricket.com.au.

"Jason had a light back spasm, overnight that got worse. He woke up Friday and it was worse. It could be five days which runs him tight up to the game in Hobart.

"One of the reasons the injuries have been niggly is the flight over to Canberra, then two training days.

"Perhaps we'll look at that again. We do a lot of flying in this series so we might not train as much as we're supposed to. Rest and recuperation might limit the injuries a little."

Following the game on Wednesday against Australia, England will head to Melbourne to face the same opposition again on Saturday.

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