ENG vs NZ: Jofra Archer injury update – In a blow to England, ace pacer Jofra Archer could miss out on the first Test against New Zealand, beginning June 2 as he races against time to be fit. Archer’s early comeback from injury and featuring for Sussex XI in a game raised hopes. But after bowling 29.2 overs for 2/102 in the first innings, England quick did not return to bowl in the 2nd innings and did not take the field on the final day with Sussex physios and medical staff concerned about his fitness. He missed the IPL 2021, which was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic midway through the season.
In his return to cricket after undergoing surgery to remove a piece of glass from his hand, Jofra Archer began light training before returning for Sussex. The surgery and a chronic elbow condition, for which he regularly needs an injection, ruled him out of the IPL 2021 where he plays for Rajasthan Royals. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) wanted Archer to play a first-class game before assessing his return to England squad for the New Zealand series.
ENG vs NZ: Jofra Archer injury update: However, Jofra Archer’s under-par performance by his standards and reduced speed has raised concerns. As per reports in English media, Archer bowled at a reduced speed in the match for Sussex XI and the medical staff will assess his condition on Monday before taking a call on his return to first-class cricket, against Kent on Thursday. Archer hasn’t played international or first-class cricket since England’s T20I series against India in March.
ENG vs NZ: Jofra Archer injury update: Sussex’s match against Kent at Hove was supposed to be a precursor to Jofra Archer’s return to England fold. The ECB is constantly monitoring his injury with ICC T20 World Cup and Ashes being two important tournaments that England will want his services for. However, if he misses Sussex’s match against Kent, he may as well miss out on the first Test against New Zealand.
After missing out on the match against Northamptonshire this week, the match against Kent will be his last opportunity to impress England selectors and coach Chris Silverwood about his fitness as Sussex do not have any first-class game scheduled in May.