Eoin Morgan insisted his England side are not at “panic stations” despite the double injury blow that marred their World Cup romp past West Indies.
Skipper Morgan was unable to bat after being forced off with a back spasm in the eight-wicket thrashing with 16.5 overs to spare at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton. Minutes earlier, opening batsman Jason Roy had also limped back the hutch with a recurrence of hamstring trouble.
Both men now look certain to miss Tuesday's group game with minnows Afghanistan in Manchester.
Morgan – who stood up, Tony Pulis-style, at his post-match media conference rather than taking a seat – admitted: “When two players go down it's always a worry, but we're not at panic stations yet.
“My back is sore – I've had back spasms before and they normally take a few days to settle down. It's unclear whether I'll be fit to play on Tuesday. We will know more in the next 24 hours. It sometimes settles down a lot quicker than expected and sometimes they linger around. We'll just have to wait and see.
“Jason has potentially tweaked his hamstring. It's a little stiff at the moment and he'll go for a scan.”
England's emphatic win lifted them into second place in the table, with the top four qualifying for the play-offs, on the back of Joe Root's 93-ball century as they easily chased down their 213 target.
Morgan was mightily-impressed by Root's second ton in 11 days, purring: “He's now the highest run-scorer in the tournament and he is the glue that holds us together. It's exceptional to watch and to see him in this form.”
Test skipper Root also send down five overs of spin bowling that brought him two huge scalp — removing Shimron Hetmyer and captain Jason Holder, both caught and bowled.
“It was a good toss to win and we took advantage of that,” he said.
“You pride yourself on chasing something down, working it out and building those big partnerships. We spent two days working on the short stuff and you make sure you've got a method and back yourself to do it under pressure. It is great to deliver when it matters.”
The Windies' second defeat leaves them struggling to reach the semis but Holder claimed: “We would be foolish not to be confident of making the last four. There is still a lot of cricket to be played.”
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