England will miss the services of their star fast bowler Jofra Archer in the second Test against India, starting in Chennai on Saturday. Archer sustained an elbow injury sustained during the series opener at Chepauk. Archer played a crucial role in England’s historic 227-run victory in last week’s first Test, claiming three wickets in the match including both of India’s openers in a fiery new-ball spell in the first innings. Also Read - ENG vs IND 2021: Joe Root Reacts England's 10-Wicket Loss in Pink-Ball Test, Says Week Like This Doesn’t Define us as Team
“Jofra Archer will miss the second Test against India in Chennai starting on Saturday after having an injection in his right elbow,” the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement on Thursday. Also Read - Rohit Sharma Advising Virat Kohli How to Play Jack Leach is The Best Moment at Motera From IND-ENG 3rd Test | WATCH VIDEO
“The injection follows discomfort the fast bowler experienced during the 227-run win in the first Test at the same venue,” it further stated. Also Read - IND vs ENG: Virat Kohli Slams Quality of Batting From India And England in Pink-Ball Test
The Barbados-born fast bowler, in any case, was supposed to be rested during the course of the series as a part of England’s rotation policy.
The ECB also clarified that the fast bowler had not sustained the injury due to any previous niggle. “The issue is not related to any previous injury and it is hoped the treatment will allow the condition to settle down quickly, allowing the player to return to action in time for the third Test in Ahmedabad,” the ECB stated.
The seasoned Stuart Broad will be in line to play the second Test alongside his veteran teammate James Anderson.
The visitors lead the four-match series 1-0 after their 227-run win in the first Test.