India vs England: In a big blow to England, pacer Jofra Archer has been ruled out of the second Test match against India in Chennai due to an elbow injury.
“Jofra Archer will miss the second Test against India in Chennai starting on Saturday after having an injection in his right elbow,” the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement on Thursday.
“The injection follows discomfort the fast bowler experienced during the 227-run win in the first Test at the same venue,” the statement further added.
The ECB, however, are confident that Archer will be back in the squad for the third Test, which is scheduled to be a day-night one in Ahmedabad.
“The issue is not related to any previous injury and it is hoped the treatment will allow the condition to settle down quickly, allowing the player to return to action in time for the third Test in Ahmedabad,” ECB said.
Archer returned 2 for 75 and 1 for 23 in the first Test in Chennai. Archer was one of the two front line pacers in the England XI for the first Test alongside James Anderson. Archer’s injury means the XI that takes field in the second Test will be in some way different from the winning combination at Chennai.
England were already guaranteed to make one change to their XI, with Ben Foakes replacing Jos Buttler behind the stumps but Archer’s injury will put a spanner in the works for Root and Co.
Archer’s potential replacements in the remaining squad include veteran pacer Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Olly Stone. The visitors lead the four-match series 1-0 after their 227-run win in the first Test.