Ind vs Eng 2nd Test – Broad confirmed to play 2nd Test: England skipper Joe Root has confirmed that their veteran pacer Stuart Broad will replace injured Jofra Archer in the squad for the second Test against India, which is scheduled to begin from February 13 in Chennai.
Notably, England will miss the services of their star fast bowler Archer in the second Test against India, as the pacer sustained an elbow injury sustained during the series opener at Chepauk.
“Archer will miss the second Test against India in Chennai starting on Saturday after having an injection in his right elbow,” said ECB in a statement.
“The injection follows discomfort the fast bowler experienced during the 227-run win in the first Test at the same venue,” it further stated.
Meanwhile, the current situation has hindered England’s original plan which was to replace James Anderson with Broad, and now with Archer being ruled out with injury, Broad and Anderson are likely to reunite for the first time this winter.
“Stuart will play and we expect him to do exactly what he has done in the recent past in the England shirt,” Root said.
“He’s been rested – we talk about that rotation policy being crucial to our team’s performance so they’re fresh when they come in. But also making sure we’re getting the best out of the likes of Stuart, Jimmy and the rest of our fast bowlers. He’s been extremely professional about things, all he’s tried to do is make sure he’s in the best possible place to start extremely well.
“It’s great to see him so excited about playing and you know he’ll be extremely determined to put in a good performance and really make this game count – that’s always a good place to have Stuart, if he’s got any sort of point to prove or he’s not been playing, he’ll want to be the main man and have a real impact.”
England will aim to extend their lead in the four-match series as they won the first match against India by 227 runs.