England’s fast bowler Jofra Archer will not play in the second test against India after getting an injection to his right elbow, the ECB confirmed on Thursday.
“Jofra Archer will miss England Men’s second Test against India in Chennai starting on Saturday after having an injection in his right elbow. The injection follows discomfort the fast bowler experienced during the 227-run win in the first Test at the same venue,” ECB said in a release. However ECB clarified that Archer’s elbow pain is not related to any previous injury & he is expected to recover in time for the third test match in Ahmedabad.
The fast bowler had taken an injection in his right elbow after the first test the ECB statement stated. Jofra Archer scalped 2 wickets for 75 runs & 1 for 23 in the first test in Chennai. Jofra Archer was one of the two frontline pacers in the England’s playing XI for the first test along with James Anderson. Jofra Archer’s injury means the XI players who will play in the second test will be different in some way from the winning combination at Chennai.
Wicket-keeper batsman Jos Butler has been rested for the last three tests & pacer James Anderson could also be rested as hinted by Head Coach Chris Silverwood on Wednesday. Ben Foakes is the replacement for Jos Butler while Jofra Archer could be replaced by Stuart Broad or Chris Woakes.
The second test will also be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai with 50% of the fans present to witness the action in the ongoing Test Series between England & India.