ENG vs NZ: Big blow for England; Jofra Archer ruled out of New Zealand Test series

England fast bowler Jofra Archer will undergo surgery on Friday to resolve his right elbow problem
England fast bowler Jofra Archer will undergo surgery on Friday to resolve his right elbow problem

ENG vs NZ: Jofra Archer ruled out- In a recent development, Jofra Archer has been ruled out of next month’s two-match Test series against New Zealand, the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed on Sunday (May 16). Archer complained of pain in his right elbow and bowled just five overs for Sussex in the second innings against Kent in the recent round of the County Championship.

This is another setback for the 26-year-old quick, who was forced out of action with hand and elbow troubles since the T20I series in India. A surgery to remove a piece of glass from his hand followed by a rehab program to tend to his long standing elbow injury had ruled him out of the IPL and the early stages of the County Championship.

ENG vs NZ: Jofra Archer ruled out- He returned to action for Sussex and after claiming two Kent wickets in the first innings He did not bowl on the final two days of the game.

“The England and Sussex medical teams will now seek guidance, and Archer will see a medical consultant later this week to determine the next course of action on the management of his elbow,” said the ECB media release.

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ENG vs NZ: England to announce Test squad next week; IPL players availability uncertain

Chris Silverwood will make first use of his new responsibilities for selection early next week as he names the England squad for the opening Test match assignment of the summer against New Zealand.

Silverwood will confirm the squad for the two Tests against New Zealand, the first of which begins at Lord’s on June 2, on Tuesday (May 18). It has not yet been confirmed how many players will be named in the party but the ECB are keen to avoid a large number of reserves having to live within the confines of a bio-secure bubble without playing as was the case last summer. Even so, it is likely to be a larger squad than the traditional 13-man group.