Chris Silverwood, head coach of the England cricket team, says that the board will try its best to ensure Jofra Archer is fit for the T20 World Cup and the Ashes. The speedster was ruled out of the ODI series against India, which commences on Tuesday, after exacerbating his elbow injury in the 5-match T20I series.
Jofra Archer will fly back to England for further treatment and will also miss out on the early phase of the IPL 2021. Chris Silverwood reveals that the decision was ‘joint’ and a ‘sensible’ one for the pacer to skip some part of the IPL to make himself fit for the World Cup later this year in India.
“Jofra Archer is returning to the UK for further management and investigation of his right elbow injury. It was a joint decision. Both parties have put England first, basically. He needs to get this right. He needs some time to do that so we’ve made space to make sure that we gave him the best chance of being successful for England,” Chris Silverwood was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
“All parties agreed on that, and obviously Jofra was very keen on that as well. He wants to be at the World Cup and he wants to be at the Ashes. It wasn’t a difficult decision by either side to be honest – I think it was a sensible decision. It is very satisfying and it shows how passionate Jofra is about playing for England and how much he enjoys playing for England. Equally we respect that, and we enjoy having him around, so whatever we can do to help him, we will,” he added.
It’s clearly something that we need to get to the bottom of: Chris Silverwood
Chris Silverwood assures the fans that the Rajasthan Royals fast bowler will get the best treatment for his elbow injury to be done once and for all, and will be given as much time he needs to recover, and the pacer himself is ready to skip the IPL for extending his career in the Three Lions shirt.
Archer was brilliant in the T20I series, especially in the powerplay overs, and made a menacing fast bowling pair with Mark Wood. He was Man of the Match in the first T20I for his 3/23.
“Obviously it’s disappointing for Jofra and it’s disappointing for us, but it’s clearly something that we need to get to the bottom of. We’ll make sure that he’s got every resource around him that we can and get to the bottom of what’s going on, and hopefully get him back fighting fit for the future for England.
“He’s going to miss the early stages of the IPL but we’ll be led by the medics on where we go from there, really. The important thing is that we get it cleared up. We’ll get him to see the specialist and make sure that we put everything in place for Jofra to have a long, successful international career for England in all formats,” the 46-year-old former seamer maintained.