With the ICC World Cup 2019 done and dusted, the focus will now shift to the upcoming high-voltage Ashes series starting from August 1. England, who lifted their maiden trophy will now look forward to making a double winning the forthcoming Ashes series. However, they will miss the service of young pacer Jofra Archer in the first Test at Edgbaston.
Archer ruled out of the first Test
Archer played a crucial role in the nail-biting against the New Zealand where England won by the Super Over boundary count which raised a lot of speculations among the fans and former cricketers. The young Jofra Archer lived upto the expectations claiming 20 wickets from 11 matches at a reasonable economy rate.
The Barbados-born cricketer was likely to make his debut in the upcoming series against Ireland and the upcoming Ashes series. But Jofra Archer has failed to make it to the 13-member side for the one-off Test against Ireland due to a side strain. Archer sustained his side injury in the lead up to the group game with Australia at Lord’s and only got through the World Cup thanks to the help of a painkilling injection. He will take a few days break before appearing for a fitness test to make himself available for the Ashes series.
Archer will tour Barbados to visit family in Barbados for a week to recover mentally and physically. The young pacer lost his cousin just before the World Cup opener against South Africa on May 30. Jofra Archer will be relishing the opportunity to make his Test debut in the Ashes series against Australia starting from August 1 at Edgbaston.