England pacer Jofra Archer has received another setback after failing to prove his fitness for the upcoming two-match Test series against New Zealand. Archer was playing the ongoing County Championship for Sussex when he sustained an elbow injury during their match against Kent.
The news was released by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Sunday, May 16. During the match against Kent, Archer bowled only five overs in the second innings after picking two crucial wickets at the top in the first innings. Archer didn’t bowl in the final two days of the match. It is understood that Archer picked up the injury in the meantime.
Archer will see a medical consultant later this week
“The England and Sussex medical teams will now seek guidance, and Archer will see a medical consultant later this week to determine the next course of action on the management of his elbow,” said the ECB media release.
Earlier, Archer had also missed the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 after developing a hand injury. He returned to England after the ODI series and underwent surgery to remove a piece of glass from his hand. Post that, he went through the rehabilitation process and then made a comeback in the county championship to prove his fitness for the packed English summer.
New Zealand squad arrives in England
The members of the New Zealand cricket team have arrived in England via Singapore for the upcoming two-match Test series against England and the inaugural World Test Championship Final against India in Southampton. Their tour will kick off with the two Tests against England at Lord’s and Birmingham on June 2 and June 10, respectively and will conclude with the one-off final against India, starting June18.
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, pacer Kyle Jamieson and spinner Mitchell Santner, who were a part of IPL 2021 and were spending time in Maldives after the suspension of the tournament, will reach England on Monday, May 17 and will go under the mandatory isolation before joining the team.
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