England has dropped Jason Roy from the Cricket World Cup squad and included Harry Brook instead.
Why it matters
The decision to drop Jason Roy, a key player in England's 2019 World Cup-winning team, in favor of Harry Brook raises uncertainty over Roy's international future and highlights England's cut-throat approach to defending their title.
What the papers say
The Independent says that England offered Jason Roy the chance to be an injury reserve for the World Cup, but Roy may not accept the offer. The Times reports that the selectors made a change to the squad, including Harry Brook instead of Roy, due to concerns about Roy's fitness. Both sources highlight the contrasting fortunes of Roy and Brook, with Roy having extensive experience but inconsistent form, while Brook is a relative newcomer but has shown outstanding talent.
How we got here
Jason Roy was initially named in the provisional squad for the World Cup, but was dropped in favor of Harry Brook when the final squad was announced. Roy's back spasms and concerns about his fitness played a role in the decision.
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Jason Jonathan Roy is a South-African-born English cricketer who plays for England in all formats, and for Surrey County Cricket Club in domestic cricket.
Harry Cherrington Brook is an English first-class cricketer who plays for Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Primarily a right-handed batsman, he also bowls right-arm medium pace.