Roy and Plunkett return as England bat first, India pick Pant

Jason Roy handed England a huge boost by returning for their crucial Cricket World Cup clash with India at Edgbaston.

Roy missed England's previous two games with Sri Lanka and Australia because of a hamstring tear, the tournament hosts suffering an ill-timed slump in his absence.

Yet the opener was thrown back into the fray and had the chance to prove his worth immediately as Eoin Morgan won the toss and opted to bat first in Birmingham on Sunday, in what was a must-win game after England slipped out of the semi-final places due to Pakistan's victory over Afghanistan.

Liam Plunkett was also recalled by England, replacing all-rounder Moeen Ali, who was criticised for his soft dismissal in the shock loss to Sri Lanka. Jofra Archer was passed fit despite struggling with a side strain recently.

India, meanwhile, made one change to a side that has yet to lose in this tournament, with Rishabh Pant replacing Vijay Shankar.


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