Jofra Archer ruled out of England’s T20 series with South Africa and faces race to be fit for Sri Lanka tour
Jofra Archer will miss the three-match T20 series against South Africa as an elbow injury continues to cause him problems.
The ongoing injury means he will now return to the UK to continue his rehab and faces a race to be fit for the upcoming two-Test series against Sri Lanka in March.
A statement from the England camp said: “Jofra Archer returned to the 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.”
Archer was always going to be rested for the three-match ODI series against South Africa, which starts on Tuesday with commentary live on talkSPORT 2.
Missing the T20 tournament will be a particular blow for England as they look to ramp up preparations for the World Cup later this year.
Archer has already built a reputation as one of the top T20 players in the world having played in the Big Bash and Indian Premier League.
England will be hopeful the 24-year-old can recover for the Sri Lanka series but the bowler himself was cautious when talking about his injury in a recent interview.
He told the Daily Mail: “It’s getting better slowly, but it might be another two weeks. I had it in the World Cup last summer and then started to feel it on day four of the first Test (in South Africa).
“Now we go to Sri Lanka, and it might be a repeat of the slow pitches in New Zealand.
“If the elbow isn’t good enough I can’t see them sending me. We’ve got a long summer of cricket coming up, we’ve got the T20 World Cup and the physios will have a plan for my wellbeing.”
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