Archer unable to bowl today with Test looming

Posted On 15 May 2021 at 11:44 pm

Jofra Archer gave England an injury scare before the Test series against New Zealand after he was unable to bowl for Sussex today Saturday (15 May).

Jofra Archer

The 26-year-old did not bowl on day three of his side’s LV= Insurance County Championship match with Kent because of a sore elbow.

Archer, who has been recovering from finger surgery and a longer-standing elbow complaint since March, was trying to prove his fitness before next month’s Tests, having taken three wickets during the opening two days of the match.

But Sussex coach Ian Salisbury said that Archer would not bowl another ball in the championship clash.

Salisbury said: “I think there was some confusion about the state of Jofra’s elbow. (Skipper) Ben (Brown) thought he was going to bowl but his elbow was sore and there was confusion over that and he couldn’t bowl.

“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.”

It is another issue to deal with when head coach Chris Silverwood convenes his first selection meeting since taking full control of the process from Ed Smith on Monday.

They already have injuries to all-rounder Ben Stokes and opener Dom Sibley to monitor, while Indian Premier League contingent Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran and Moeen Ali are unlikely to feature so soon after the end of their quarantine period.

England’s two-Test series with New Zealand starts at Lord’s on Wednesday 2 June.

Kent are 220 for 3, having made 145 in their first innings. With Sussex making 256 in their first innings, Kent will start the final day tomorrow with a lead of 109 runs and seven wickets remaining.

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