Jofra Archer ruled out of first Ashes Test
Following the heroics in the World Cup 2019, England’s blazing young pacer Jofra Archer has been ruled out of the first Test of the Ashes series starting from 1st of August.
ECB, on Wednesday, announced the 13-men squad for the one-off Test against Ireland and confirmed that both Mark Wood and Jofra Archer are under treatment for side strains.
About the condition of Archer, an ECB statement read,
“Archer will have a period of rest before being considered for selection during the Specsavers Ashes Test Series. He will have a short break in Barbados before returning to the UK later this month.”
The 24-year old Caribbean born fast bowler suffered the side strain in England’s triumphant World Cup campaign and has been left out of both the Test squad to face Ireland next week and the 16-men Ashes training camp that will start this weekend.
Ed Smith further said,”Archer will get every medical attention that we can give to make sure he has every possibility of being fit as soon as possible.
“There’s all sorts of things to manage and be sensible about: workload, trying to make sure it’s managed carefully, the leaps up aren’t too great, that he’s fit and healthy.”
On the other hand, paceman Mark Wood has also been diagnosed with a side injury that will take four to six weeks to heal.
Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wicket-keeper), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Lewis Gregory, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes.
✅ Jason Roy
✅ Jimmy Anderson
❌ Jofra Archer
❌ Mark Wood
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) July 17, 2019