Archer's injury woes return

16 May 2021 16:21:26 GMTPlus10

England paceman Jofra Archer has suffered a recurrence of a right elbow problem while featuring for Sussex against Kent in the County Championship.

Archer has only just returned to action following elbow and hand injuries and had hoped to put on a strong show to prove his fitness ahead of a busy schedule of international cricket, with England 2.10 to win their two-Test series against New Zealand, who are priced at 2.90.

If you saw today he's not going to bowl tomorrow.

Ian Salisbury

However, he was unable to bowl at all on Saturday and Sussex head coach Ian Salisbury says Archer is not likely to be able to do so on Sunday either.

Salisbury also admitted that the situation had left captain Ben Brown frustrated by not being able to utilise Archer for the remainder of the match.

He told reporters: "I think there was some confusion about the state of Jofra's elbow. Ben thought he was going to bowl, but his elbow was sore and there was confusion over that and he couldn't bowl.

"Any time you can't have your premier bowler, and we're desperate to win this game against our local rivals. Ben is a passionate guy and he desperately wants to win this game for his team.

"If you saw today he's not going to bowl tomorrow. Any time that Jofra can't bowl, you're going to be frustrated as a leader, or as a team. But it happens, in sport people get injured. That's life, that's sport."

Archer has played in 13 Test matches to date, taking 42 wickers at an average of 31.04, having burst on to the international scene in the summer of 2019 by helping England win the World Cup on home soil.

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