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Jofra Archer’s elbow injury resurfaces in County Championship, Sussex coach left frustrated

England fast bowler Jofra Archer complained of a sore elbow and could bowl only 5 overs in the second innings of Sussex’s match against Kent in the County Championship on Saturday. Archer was ruled out of the ODI series vs India and the IPL 2021 due to the same injury.

England pacer Jofra Archer (AFP Image)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Jofra Archer’s elbow injury has resurfaced again ahead of the New Zealand Tests
  • Archer was earlier ruled out of ODI series vs India and IPL 2021 due the same injury and finger surgery
  • Archer is not our player so ECB will have to give permission: Sussex coach

England fast bowler Jofra Archer’s participation in the upcoming 2-Test series against New Zealand was thrown into doubt after his longstanding elbow injury resurfaced during Sussex’s County Championship game against Kent on Saturday.

The 26-year-old fast bowler has a history of elbow injuries that saw him miss two Tests against India and the now-suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) earlier this year as well as games in South Africa at the start of 2020.

Turning out for Sussex in his first competitive game after the injury lay-off, Archer registered figures of 2 for 29 in the first innings. However, the pacer could only bowl five overs in the second innings and complained of a sore elbow.

Sussex coach Ian Salisbury was left frustrated but he said injuries are part of any sports.

“If you saw today he’s not going to bowl tomorrow. You’ll have to ask the ECB,” Sussex head coach Ian Salisbury told reporters on Saturday.

“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.

“He’s still willing to be out there because he wants Sussex to win. They (the ECB) had to give him permission to play this game. He’s not our player so they had to give permission,” he added.

England are scheduled to host New Zealand for a two-match Test series, starting on June 2, the squad for which is expected to be announced on Tuesday.

After the series against the Kiwis, Joe Root and his men are scheduled to host India for a five-match home Test series, starting August 4.

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