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Roy declared fit to play after passing concussion test
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Roy declared fit to play after passing concussion test

Jason Roy has passed a concussion test after being struck on the head during the nets session ahead of the third Ashes contest between England and Australia on Thursday.

The right-handed opening batsman copped a blow from a throw-down darted in by Marcus Trescothick, who joined England's coaching camp in a temporary role prior to the start of the series.

Trescothick was roped in to shed off the burden off chief batting coach Graham Thorpe and has been entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing England's practice sessions.

The force of the hit to Roy saw him being carefully assessed by the team doctor after which he was allowed to resume batting duties.

World Cup-winner Roy required a follow-up check on the eve of the match and will undergo another test right before the start of play to determine any signs of delayed onset of concussion.

Head injuries and the concern over insufficient neck protection has been one of the main talking points of the ongoing series, whereby Australia's star batsman Steve Smith has already been ruled out of the Headingley Test due to a concussion received from the impact of a vicious Jofra Archer bouncer.

Meanwhile, Roy's Surrey team-mate Ollie Pope has been kept on standby to open the innings for England.

Pope has represented the national side in two Tests thus far, making his debut against India last year.

Roy's poor form at the top of the order has led to doubts over persisting with him in the opening slot as coach Trevor Bayliss has suggested he might need to bat lower down the order in England's red-ball unit.