England opener Jason Roy set to play at Headingley after passing concussion test

England batsman Jason Roy has passed a concussion test after being hit in the nets ahead of the third Ashes contest at Headingley.

The 29-year-old was struck by a throw-down from former international Marcus Trescothick, who is working with the team in a temporary capacity, during practice on Tuesday.

Roy was assessed after impact and was able to continue batting, but also required a follow-up check on the eve of the match to determine any delayed symptoms.

Jason Roy has scored 40 runs in four innings against Australia
Jason Roy has scored 40 runs in four innings against Australia (Mike Egerton/PA)

Roy will undergo a further check on the morning of the match, the England and Wales Cricket Board indicated, but is now expected to take his place at the top of the order.

The issue of head injuries has become a major talking point in the series after Australia batsman Steve Smith was struck in the neck by a 92mph bouncer from Jofra Archer at Lord’s.

He was subsequently diagnosed with delayed onset concussion, becoming the first Test cricketer to be substituted for the issue, and has also been ruled out of this week’s match.

Roy was not the only player to be hit on the helmet on Tuesday as both sides build their readiness against the short ball, with Marnus Labuschagne – Smith’s replacement in the last match – struck by team-mate Mitchell Marsh.

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