Archer ruled out of South Africa T20Is with elbow injury
England cricket team have been dealt a huge blow as pace spearhead Jofra Archer has been ruled out of the three-match Twenty20 series against South Africa which is scheduled to start next month. The England and Wales Cricket Board, in a press release, had confirmed that Jofra Archer will no longer take part in the upcoming assignment against Proteas.
Jofra Archer flew to Britain on Tuesday in order to regain full fitness after a sore right elbow that saw him miss the last three Tests of England’s 3-1 series win over South Africa.
The injury raised doubts over Archer’s availability for England’s Test tour of Sri Lanka in March.
Archer featured only in one Test in South Africa. He was at his impressive best against Proteas in the series opener with his five-wicket haul at Centurion. All his efforts went in vain as Proteas won the game by 107 runs before England bounced back to win the next three in a row.
England and Wales Cricket Board had also announced the replacement for Jofra Archer. Lancashire paceman Saqib Mahmood, who was already a member of a separate squad for the forthcoming one-day international series will replace Jofra Archer for the T20Is.