England speedster Jofra Archer has been ruled out of the second Test against India after suffering an injury as per ESPN Cricinfo. He reported of pain in his right elbow and also took an injection after which he was officially ruled out of the second Test. Archer was instrumental behind England’s win in the first Test in Chennai. He bowled with pace and fire in an otherwise dead track for a pacer in hot and humid conditions.
The England & Wales Cricket Board confirmed the development of Jofra Archer’s unavailability in the second Test. It put out an official statement on the pacer’s absence.
“The issue is not related to any previous injury and it is hoped the treatment will allow the condition to settle down quickly, allowing the player to return to action in time for the third Test in Ahmedabad,” the ECB said in a release.
Jofra Archer Will Miss Second Test: ECB
We can confirm that @JofraArcher will miss the second Test against India in Chennai starting on Saturday after having an injection in his right elbow.
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) February 11, 2021
Archer was unable to train on Thursday after complaining of pain in his right elbow and has subsequently undergone a painkilling injection. Meanwhile, the England camp is expecting him to be fit in time for the third Test in Ahmedabad from February 24 which will be a day-night contest.
“It is hoped the treatment will allow the condition to settle down quickly, allowing the player to return to action in time for the third Test in Ahmedabad” ECB’s statement further read.
Olly Stone is likely to replace Archer in the playing XI as per reports in Cricinfo. Meanwhile, Ben Foakes is set to replace Jos Buttler who will return home as part of England’s rotation policy. Mark Wood and Jonny Bairstow will join the squad on Friday.
Previously, it was also reported that James Anderson is likely to be rested for the second Test. Now with Archer ruled out Anderson and Stuart Broad both might play together. Chris Woakes is another all-round option England might look towards to add depth to their batting line-up.
England won the first Test by 227 runs and lead the four-match series 1-0. Despite that, Archer hugely criticised the Chepauk pitch saying it was the worst he saw in his career so far.