Ace England Cricket Team fast bowler Jofra Archer is likely to miss the five-match T20I series against India owing to a recurrence of an elbow problem. All the matches will take place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad starting from March 12 (Friday).
Meanwhile, Archer missed the final Test in Ahmedabad due to an elbow issue which first became apparent ahead of the Cape Town Test at the start of 2020. The injury was subsequently diagnosed as a stress fracture and ruled Archer out of England’s originally scheduled tour of Sri Lanka and the IPL; both events were subsequently rescheduled due to Covid-19 restrictions.
We are looking at how to deal with Jofra Archer’s injury in long-term – Chris Silverwood
Speaking of the injury, England head coach Chris Silverwood said that England Cricket Board’s medical team is talking about how to deal with this for the long-term. He also said that they will monitor Archer’s fitness before taking any decision on his participation in the upcoming T20I series. Silverwood also added that Jofra Archer will benefit from each of ECB’s decisions to stretch his England career.
“Jofra’s elbow did flare up a little bit and the medical staffs are managing that at the moment,” Silverwood said. “Obviously we’ll monitor his progress. The medical staffs are talking about how we deal with this long term. He’s trained today with the white-ball squad. We’ll be monitoring his situation,” he added.
Incidentally, Jofra Archer also missed the second Test against India in Chennai but ECB management said that it has no relation to the elbow injury. The Barbados-born fast bowler bowled only 35.1 overs in the entire Test series which is enough to raise doubt on his future in the longest format of the game. As one of the world’s most valuable T20 players, he could make a fine living without risking further damage to his elbow from the strains of the red-ball game.
“I’ll be guided by the medics,” Silverwood replied to questions about workload management for Archer. “We’ll see where we end up with him. I want Jofra to be fit for all forms of cricket. I want him to have a long, successful Test career,” Silverwood added.