Ahead of the New Zealand Tests, Jofra Archer has given England yet another scare as his long-standing elbow injury resurfaced during Sussex vs Kent county game. Archer’s elbow injury saw him miss Two Tests against India and the now-suspended Indian Premier League.
England received a massive boost when Archer returned to competitive cricket. He looked in decent touch and picked up a couple of wickets for Sussex in the first innings, rekindling hopes of an international comeback. However, he didn’t bowl much in the second innings despite Sussex skipper Ben Brown’s multiple requests. Sussex coach Ian Salisbury later revealed that Archer had a sore elbow and Brown wasn’t aware of it.
“I think there was some confusion about the state of Jofra’s elbow. Ben thought he was going to bowl but his elbow was sore and there was confusion over that and he couldn’t bowl,” Salisbury was quoted as saying by Daily Mail.
The coach also opined that it was ECB’s call to allow or bar Archer from playing domestic cricket.
“If you saw today, he’s not going to bowl tomorrow. You’ll have to ask the ECB. Any time that Jofra can’t bowl you’re going to be frustrated as a leader, or as a team. But it happens. In sport people get injured. That’s life. That’s sport. He’s still willing to be out there because he wants Sussex to win. They [the ECB] had to give him permission to play this game. He’s not our player so they had to give permission,” he added.
With just about two weeks to the New Zealand series, Archer’s injury has put his participation for England in jeopardy. England will not push him into the team until he has completely recovered from his injury. The hosts will desperately want him fit for the five-match Test series against India.
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