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Steve Harmison warns Jason Roy to perform or risk ODI World Cup snub

England batsman Jason Roy is on the risk of being axed from England’s One-Day International team if he fails to score runs in his limited chances coming up to the ODI World Cup.

The England cricket team will play an ODI series against South Africa beginning January 27, and Jason Roy will be under pressure to perform well or risk being left out of the ODI squad ahead of the flagship tournament in India in October-November.

“With the World Cup approaching, Jason has to produce now,” former England fast bowler Steve Harmison told talkSPORT.

Harmison added that the 32-year-old has been completely out of form for a long time, and with the World Cup approaching, if Roy really intends to be a member of England’s 50-overs World Cup team, he must play at his best in the forthcoming ODI series against South Africa.

He has also cautioned Roy that there are many other players waiting for their turns who are now on fire. Jonny Bairstow is nearly ready to return to the national team after recuperating from injury, while Phil Salt and Will Jacks are simply waiting for their moment.

“He’s had a lot of people doubt him and a lot of people support him, and I believe Jason Roy will score some runs. For me, he plays in these three ODIs and will probably receive a little jump in the summer, but when Bairstow returns, the questions will be raised, and if Jason Roy is out of form, adjustments will be made.

There must be. He’s a brilliant 50-over player and a World Cup champion, but you can only go so far [based on reputation and prior performance]. I still believe there is some credit in the bank, but it is progressively dwindling, and getting any form in these franchise [competitions] has become more difficult as well.” Harmison continued.