England will be looking for a comeback in the five-match T20 International series against India, starting from March 12 at rhe Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, after facing an embarrassing defeat against the same opponent in the just-concluded four-match Test series by 3-1. However, ahead of the marquee series, the visitors have been dealt with a massive blow as it is learned that England pacer Jofra Archer is still not 100% fit.
Archer had missed the last Test against India, which England lost by an innings and 25 runs, due to the elbow injury. The pace sensation had also not featured in the second Test in Chennai due to the injury. Though Archer didn’t have an ideal outing in the two Test matches he played against India, he continues to remain England’s vital cog across all formats.
Speaking about Jofra Archer, England’s head coach Chris Silverwood revealed that though the lanky pacer has joined the team for the training, the medical staff will be keeping a close watch on his progress.
"Jofra's elbow did flare up a little bit and the medical staff is managing that at the moment. Obviously, we'll monitor his progress. The medical staff is talking about how we deal with this long term. He's trained today (Sunday) with the white-ball squad. We'll be monitoring his situation but he got through training today," Silverwood said during a virtual press conference.
Further in the interaction, Silverwood reckoned that he isn’t too worried about Jofra’s presence in the T20I series as their main goal is to make sure that the pacer is fit to play all formats of the game. "I'll be guided by the medics. 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. Could we limit the number of overs he bowls? It's not something I would go out and predict but we'll find out in the course of time”.
"The important thing for me at the moment is that Jofra gets every resource we can provide to make sure he does have a long and successful Test career. I'm not sure surgery has come up yet. I'll be guided by the medics on that. I wouldn't say I'm concerned, no," he concluded.