Jofra Archer suffers injury while bowling; likely to miss Test series against New Zealand

Archer missed the ODI series against India and the IPL 2021 owing to a hand injury. He recently underwent treatment for the same.
Abhinav Goel Author

Updated - 16 May 2021 6:26 pm

England pacer Jofra Archer’s participation in the upcoming Test series against New Zealand is in doubt after his longstanding elbow injury troubled him again during Sussex’s county championship game against Kent. Having taken two wickets in the first innings of the match, Archer bowled only five overs in Kent’s second innings as he complained of a sore elbow.

Archer missed the ODI series against India and the IPL 2021 owing to a hand injury. He recently underwent surgery to remove a piece of glass from his hand. The elbow injury is a longstanding worry for Archer and it has led him to miss games for his country in the past as well.

“If you saw today he’s not going to bowl tomorrow. You’ll have to ask the ECB,” Sussex head coach Ian Salisbury told reporters on Saturday.

“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.

England are scheduled to host New Zealand for a two-match Test series. The series starts on June 2 and the squad for the series is expected to be announced on Tuesday. After the series against New Zealand, England are scheduled to host India for a five-match Test series, starting August 4.

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