An injured Jason Roy tempered England’s mood after making the ICC T20 World Cup semifinals in spite of losing to South Africa by 10 runs on Saturday.
South Africa, needing a convincing win, was made to bat first and scored 189-2. England was restricted to 179-8, hindered by a last-over hat trick by fast bowler Kagiso Rabada.
The end of England’s four-game winning streak wasn’t enough for South Africa. Both teams and Australia finished with four wins out of five but net run rate decided England topped the group, Australia was second, and South Africa missed out on the semifinals.
England were more concerned with Roy, who retired hurt with a calf injury and had to be carried from the field. He will be scanned on Sunday.
“He’s unbelievably important,” England captain Eoin Morgan said.
“He’s a guy that epitomizes everything that we are about in the changing room and the way that we play. You see how commanding he is at the top of the order. He’s as close as we get to surmising how the changing room should play.
“We’re gutted for Jase but also half hoping that he’s OK. For anybody to miss the latter stages of the tournament, that does hurt the mood (of the changing room).”