England’s limited-overs Captain Eoin Morgan said that England’s medical staff would determine whether Jofra Archer would return to India to participate in the IPL 2021 season later this year.
Morgan’s statement came after Archer was deemed unfit for the upcoming three-match ODI series against India. The pacer has been ruled out of the ODI series against England & the initial phase of the IPL 2021.
“I can’t give a medical opinion. We know the condition of his elbow injury, it has worsened further. We know that it needs investigation & treatment that only time will tell. He has given his heart & should to England since he has been involved so we will give full attention to his injury in order to try & bring the best result possible”, said Eoin Morgan during a virtual press conference on Monday.
“It depends on the result of the investigation that England’s medical team will do. They will recommend the best rehabilitation programme coming back & we will go from there. We fully trust our medical team, they have outstanding knowledge regarding player welfare & player rehabilitation. The trust is always there”, he added.
Jofra Archer will return back to the UK for further investigation & management of his right elbow injury. Archer’s elbow issue has deteriorated over the course of time in the five-match T20I & made challenging for him to maintain his performance levels. The ECB medical team will now assess the player’s condition & along with Archer’s opinion, they will develop a treatment plan & a return to play schedule in due course. As a result, Archer will miss the start of this year’s IPL.
When asked about the ODI series against India, Morgan said, “We have plenty of options we are spoiled for choice. Throughout the ODI series, you will (see) guys getting opportunities more than we did in the T20I series so yeah, it is going to be exciting. Playing three ODIs on the same venue against a very strong Indian team is a huge opportunity for everyone to go out there & get in the 50 over format”.
“ODI series victory is not a consolation prize it is a huge opportunity for the team players who have been here for playing & utilizing their potential. When you score runs or wickets away from your home-ground, there is a huge incentive to try and push your case forward. We have ODI Super League points at stake to qualify for the next World Cup”, Morgan added.
Answering a question of whether England will play ODIs as an extension of T20I Cricket, Morgan said, “I don’t think there is a strong enough argument. I think that the ODI format has been as close to the T20 format, there are certain familiar scenarios that work themselves out. There is a very less change between both the squads, guys are skilled to play both the formats even though it is a T20 World Cup year“, Morgan said.
On Saturday, stunning half-centuries by captain Virat & Rohit along with a spectacular bowling performance by Indian bowlers helped the hosts register a 36 runs victory in the 5th T20I at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
By winning the 5th T20I, India won the five-match T20I series with a 3-2 score & now both the teams will face each other in the three-match ODI series beginning from Tuesday in Pune.