Jofra Archer might not be available for the T20I series against India. It is a recurrence of an elbow problem and according to England head coach, the ECB medical is trying to deal with this issue long term.
No surgery for Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer had to miss the final Test in Ahmedabad against the Indian national cricket team due to an elbow issue. The injury appeared first time ahead of the Cape town Test 2020 and then was subsequently diagnosed as a stress fracture. Archer was out of England’s originally scheduled tour of Sri Lanka and the IPL as a result. Now it seems, the recurrence of the problem may make him miss the T20I series. Chris Silverwood, England’s head coach however dismissed the talk of surgery but admitted that the ECB medical team “are talking about how we deal with this [issue in the] long-term”. “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 added, “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 with the white-ball squad. We’ll be monitoring his situation.”
Jofra Archer’s issue will be monitored before any decision is made on his participation in the series in India. The series is scheduled to begin on Friday.
Workload management of Jofra Archer
While talking about Jofra Archer’s workload management, Silverwood opined that he would be guided by the medics in this case. “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.” He added, “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.” ilverwood spoke about the players taking part in the IPL 2021. England will be playing Tests against New Zealand on June 2 while the IPL final is scheduled for May 30. “They will be staying for the whole IPL as it stands at the moment,” Silverwood said. “We’ll be looking at the New Zealand Test series, working our way back, and seeing what preparation time we need. We haven’t done that at this time, but it’s something we will be doing.”