Luck seems to have deserted England on their ongoing tour of South Africa. The visitors have been stuck by relentless sickness bugs in South Africa. A couple of days ago, Dom Sibley became the latest member to fall ill. Before him, Chris Woakes, Jack Leach and Ollie Pope were all ruled out of the first Test in Centurion due to illness.
Captain Joe Root and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler also had to spend time off the field on day three of the first Test after feeling unwell. The two, however, batted on day four and are set to play in the second Test at Cape Town. England will be desperate to bounce back in Cape Town after suffering a defeat in Centurion.
But their preparations for the upcoming game has taken a big hit as they are now sweating on the fitness of Jofra Archer. The right-arm pacer is a doubt for the second Test with a right elbow injury. The 24-year-old did not bowl during training on Wednesday. The second Test gets under way on Friday and Jofra Archer is in a race against time to recover. Previously, Jofra Archer had missed both warm-up games because of illness.
Jofra Archer had a mixed outing in the first Test. After picking up 1 wicket in the first innings, he picked up five in the second but was far from being impressive. In the second innings, he conceded 6 runs per over during his spell of 17 overs and was taken to cleaners by Quinton de Kock.
Talking about the first game, South Africa beat England by 107 runs to take the lead in the four-match series. The tourists, needing to complete a record chase of 376, resumed day four on 121-1 but were bowled out for 268.