Wednesday, July 28, 2021

England’s Jofra Archer ruled out of Tests against New Zealand

England speedster Jofra Archer has been ruled out of next month’s two-Test home series against New Zealand after his right elbow injury resurfaced.

Archer returned to action for Sussex in the County Championship against Kent this week at Hove but could only bowled five overs in Kent’s second innings.

He was suffering from pain in his right elbow when bowling and was unable to bowl in the final two days of the match.”
Archer, 26, was forced out of action with hand and elbow issues since England’s T20I series in India in March.  He also missed the Indian Premier League, which was eventually truncated due to raging Covid pandemic in India. Archer might have to undergo a surgery.The first England-New Zealand Test starts on June 2 at Lord’s, London.

The Bridgetown-born Archer has played 13 Tests, 17 ODIs, and 12 T20 Internationals for England. The debate over the 2018 ball-tampering incident has reignited once again after one of the perpetrators of the scandal — Cameron Bancroft — hinted that Australian bowlers may have known about the plot.

Bancroft, who had received a six-month ban for his role in the ball-tampering scandal that rocked Australian cricket, was asked in a recent interview if the bowlers knew what was going on. In his response, the Australian batsman said that he is responsible for his own actions, but added that there probably was an “awareness” about it. Now, Cricket Australia has responded after Bancroft’s explosive interview and they said that if anyone has more information about the ball-tampering plot, they should come forward and present the evidence to the board.

Apart from Bancroft, Steve Smith and David Warner were also handed 12-months ban for their roles in the ball-tampering incident.
Having recovered from COVID-19, Chennai Super Kings batting coach Michael Hussey left for Australia yesterday via Doha.
Following an RT-PCR test, the former Australia batsman had returned negative for COVID-19 on Friday, paving the way for his departure in the early hours of Sunday.

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