On Thursday, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed that the fiery pacer, Jofra Archer will not be available for selection in the second Test against India after getting an injection to his right elbow. However, ECB clarified that Archer’s current issue has no relation to his previous injury and he is expected to recover in time for the third Test in Ahmedabad.
In its press release, ECB said, “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.”
The fast bowler had an injection to his right elbow after the conclusion of the first Test, the release stated. Archer finished the series-opening Test with the figures of 2 for 75 and 1 for 23 in the first Test in Chennai. Archer was one of the two front line fast bowlers in the England XI for the first Test along with James Anderson.
Archer’s injury clearly means that the visiting team will be fielding a different XI in the second Test will be in some way different from the winning combination at Chennai. Wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler has been rested for the last three Test matches and pacer James Anderson could also be rested, as hinted by head coach Chris Silverwood on Wednesday.
Ben Foakes will also be coming into the playing XI as a replacement of Buttler while Archer could be replaced by Stuart Broad or Chris Woakes. The second Test will see fans in attendance for the first time in this series. Spectators up to 50 percent capacity will be permitted inside the MA Chidambaram Stadium.