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Morgan drops Bairstow hint ahead of Pakistan semi-final

Roy has averaged a disgusting 6.37 in the eight ODI innings so far this season, with as many as six single-digit scores to his name.And on the eve of a crunch fixture in the Welsh capital on Wednesday, it is a trough England and captain Eoin Morgan may no longer overlook – even though they won all three of their group stage matches to breeze into the last four.Morgan came closest to doing so when he said: “There’s a chance we could make a change”. “Obviously, we won’t announce the team until the toss, but there’s a chance there could be a change”, Morgan said, after Bairstow took a full part in training while Roy had a peripheral role.”We’re comfortable with a used wicket, but the nature of this tournament is that the further the tournament goes on, the more you play on used pitches”, he said.The Yorkshire batsman has had some experience opening in 50-over cricket, scoring a half-century for England in a tour match in the Caribbean back in February and making 174 for his county in a Royal London One-Day Cup match against Durham last month.The 27-year-old is an automatic first-choice in the Test set-up but has often had to wait for someone to be injured or rested to be included in the limited-overs sides. Bairstow, by contrast, has scored three fifties in his last four innings, when deputising for others in the top order.”Jonny’s a fantastic batsman”, said Morgan. I think his best attribute, certainly in white-ball cricket over the previous year and a half, has been his relentless attitude to score runs regardless of the situation. Guys on the sidelines can get a little bit upset, and that can affect their performance when the chance comes.”I am going to have a meeting with Sarfraz at 3, whether him and (Shoaib) Malik need to bat higher up is something we will discuss”.”I think his all-around ability is as good as we have in this squad. But like I’ve mentioned before, it’s a very hard team to get into, and you’ve just got to wait for that chance”, Morgan added.If England do leave out Roy, they have to make sure the message is right.And Morgan insisted he would have “no worries” about Bairstow opening – something he has yet to do in global cricket. “On their day, they can beat any team in the world”. I suppose they have variation, but certainly, we do have plans against all of them. “We need results and if that means somebody misses out, it’s unfortunate. Hopefully we can put our best game together tomorrow, and then who knows?” We’ve had plans for the last – since the last series that we played against them, last two series, home and away.England entered that final match of the series already leading 4-0. “Tomorrow is a very big game for us”. Looking back on it, we probably did get to a par score and felt as if we fell short, and beating a strong side like New Zealand with a par score is a huge strength.Taking a leaf out of the Sir Alex Ferguson book of mindgames, the South African said: “I was particularly anxious that Roy hadn’t fired yet because I think he’s very close to something quite good”. I’m not sure. Honestly not sure.