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Bairstow, Roy left out of England's T20 World Cup squad

Jason Roy has been left out of England's Twenty20 World Cup squad as the opener paid for his run of poor form while Jonny Bairstow has been ruled out of the third Test against New Zealand and the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia after suffering an injury while playing golf on Friday, September 2.

The news comes hours after England named their World Cup squad, and a replacement for Bairstow is set to be named in due course.

For the third Test starting on September 7, Ben Duckett has been drafted in. The ECB did not give out the details of the injury in its statement but called it a "freak accident"

"Bairstow sustained a lower limb injury in a freak accident whilst playing golf on Friday in Leeds. He will see a specialist next week to ascertain the full extent of the injury.

"A further announcement will be made in due course on who will replace Bairstow England's ICC Men's T20 World Cup squad," said the statement from ECB.

Earlier, Roy had a series of low scores for England throughout the summer and endured a miserable time in The Hundred, averaging 8.5 over six innings for Oval Invincibles and making three ducks.

The 32-year-old had previously been an integral part of England's white-ball sides. "It's unfortunate timing, he's hit a bad patch of form at the worst time," England director of cricket Rob Key said.

"The game is about confidence as much as anything else. We'd be taking a gamble on him finding form. He was obviously very disappointed, I think 'gutted' was the phrase he used. He wanted to make sure this wasn't the end."

Lancashire's Phil Salt and Yorkshire's Harry Brook were included in a 15-strong squad for the tournament in Australia, which takes place in October.

"Having him come in later doesn't get the best out of Ben Stokes. There's a great line in his documentary where they say 'the big moments find him' and you want to give him that opportunity. I don't think we've done that in T20 cricket."

England's T20 World Cup squad:

Joss Buttler, Moeen Ali, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

Reserves: Liam Dawson, Richard Gleeson, Tymal Mills.

England's T20 squad to tour

Pakistan:

Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Harry Brook, Jordan Cox, Sam Curran, Ben Duckett, Liam Dawson, Richard Gleeson, Tom Helm, Will Jacks, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Olly Stone, Reece Topley, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Luke Wood, Mark Wood.