England pace sensation Jofra Archer has been ruled out of England’s upcoming Twenty20 series against South Africa. The lethal spearhead missed three of the four-Test matches due to elbow soreness. England, though, weren’t stuck by that as they went on to win the next three games to seal a historic series win.
Archer returned home in order to recover. He would be eyeing a berth in the national team that will meet Sri Lanka in a two-Test series in March. Saqib Mahmood will replace the seamer in the English squad. Mahmood recently received a pace bowling development contract from the ECB.
Jofra Archer returns home, eyes Sri Lanka Tests
An England statement read: “Jofra Archer returned to UK on Tuesday evening and will focus his time on getting fit after sustaining soreness to his right elbow, which forced him out of the last three Tests against the Proteas. He will be replaced in the T20 squad by Lancashire seamer Saqib Mahmood, who will remain in South Africa after the three-match ODI series.”The three-match series will get underway on February 12 at Buffalo Park in East London.
The visitors have been on a roll while, on the other hand, Faf du Plessis is finding it tough to re-group the hapless unit. The likes of Mark Wood and Stuart Broad have done will in the red-ball format as the Proteas batters struggled to keep their heads above water. Joe Root termed the latest series win as the best feat under his leadership.
Also, there have been reports of batter Joe Denly likely to be dropped for England’s next Test assignment. The right-hander managed an ordinary average of 30 throughout the Test series. Even though Keaton Jennings is not certain to make a comeback, we might get to see Jonny Bairstow up there in the ranks.