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Roy: Big shame that England don't have Stokes, Archer for T20 WC



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England opener Jason Roy feels the absence of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer in the T20 World Cup squad is a "big shame" for the side.

Stokes is away on an indefinite leave for his mental well-being and to recover from a finger injury. While Archer has ruled himself out after the recurrence of a stress fracture in his right elbow.

"I wouldn't say it's a problem -- it's a shame. It's definitely a shame, not having those two here but you know they're on the same path of getting fit and healthy again,” Roy said during a virtual interaction here.

However, Roy insisted they have enough depth in their squad to go the distance.

"You look at our depth of the squad now, the players we have, and it's still extremely impressive. The boys showed that they have done well in the warm-up game, and they've been training extremely hard, so I don't think it's a worry at all,”

"We've got players that will definitely 100 percent step up, rise to the occasion. They have more than enough skill. I can tell you that from training, There's more than enough skill that can take us all the way," he added.

England have another injury setback as all-rounder Sam Curran has been ruled out with a lower-back injury in IPL. His brother Tom Curran has been drafted into the England squad as his replacement, while Reece Topley has also been added as a travelling reserve.