‘It was a tough call to make’ – Jos Buttler on Jason Roy’s omission

England made quite a big call as they decided to exclude star opener Jason Roy from their World Cup squad. This decision comes on the heels of Roy's recent battle with back spasms, which forced him to miss all four of England's ODIs against New Zealand. Harry Brook, a versatile batsman, has been chosen to take Roy's place in the squad.

Buttler, who personally conveyed the decision to Roy, expressed the difficulty of such a task, especially when dealing with a close friend. “I don't think any time is easy. It's part of the job as captain that is not enjoyable, whether they're great friends or not, it's not a nice job to do. He's a great mate of mine, so it was a really tough call to make,” Buttler candidly shared.

This isn't the first time Roy has faced such a situation. Earlier, he was also left out of England's T20 World Cup squad. However, this time, it was his physical condition that led to his omission from the ODI World Cup.

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The management has approached Roy with the offer of being the top-order reserve in case of injuries during the World Cup. While he won't travel with the primary squad to India, Harry Brook, known for his adaptability to bat at various positions from 1 to 6, has been chosen to fill that role.

Harry Brook gives England versatililty: Jos Buttler

Speaking about the selection process, Buttler acknowledged the challenges of sports. “Jason will be the top-order reserve, absolutely, Harry, we do feel gives us versatility: he can cover Nos. 1 to 6 in the batting order, which is advantageous in a squad,” Buttler explained.

However, Buttler also recognized that tough decisions are a part of the sport, saying, “But good players miss out, it's the very brutal nature of the sport. There are plenty of people outside the 15 who will have felt that they were in with a really good chance of a spot. It's a bad headache to have but a good problem as a selection committee when you have a deep pool of players to choose from.”

As England prepares for the ODI World Cup, the omission of Jason Roy and the inclusion of Harry Brook bring a mix of emotions, highlighting the challenges and tough choices in the world of cricket.