India vs England: Jofra Archer Ruled Out For Second Test in Chennai
England seamer Jofra Archer has been ruled out for the second Test match against India in Chennai. A press release issued by the England Cricket Board confirmed the news.
“Jofra Archer will miss the second Test against India in Chennai starting on Saturday after having an injection in his right elbow. The injection follows discomfort the fast bowler experienced during the 227
-run win in the first Test at the same venue.The issue is not related to any previous injury and it is hoped the treatment will allow the condition to settle down quickly, allowing the player to return to action in time for the third Test in Ahmedabad,” the release added.
Archer felt discomfort in his elbow during the 227-run win in the first test, which was also in Chennai.The issue is not related to any previous injury, the ECB said, and it is hoped the treatment will allow the condition to settle down quickly.Fast bowlers Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Olly Stone did not play in the first test Archer and Jimmy Anderson were the specialist pacemen in the team so are now pushing for inclusion.
Earlier the seamer was quite frank about the state of the pitch that was on offer at the Chepauk.”On the fifth day it was probably the worst surface I’ve seen – its orange colour, bits missing, rough patches for the bowlers to aim at,” Archer wrote in his column for British Daily ‘Daily Mail.’
“When we walked out in search of nine wickets on the fifth day, I was very hopeful we would complete the job – although these India players have big reputations and are at home, so should be able to cope with conditions better than anyone. “So, I didn’t expect us to skittle them. Equally, I didn’t expect it to finish not long after afternoon drinks.”
He also mentioned the role of Jimmy Anderson as England folded the hosts for just 192 runs. “Jimmy Anderson’s brilliant over of reverse swing was decisive and it was the second time in the game we had taken two wickets so close together, after Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane earlier in the game,” Archer wrote.
An in-form England on Tuesday thrashed India by 227 runs in the first Test in Chennai at the MA Chidambaram Stadium and took a 1-0 lead in the four-match series. After setting India a 420-run target, England bowled India out for 192 in 58.1 overs, with left-arm spinner Jack Leach taking four wickets and speedster James Anderson three. Joe Root had won the toss and England had scored 578 in their first innings and India posted 337, conceding a lead of 241. In their second innings, England made 178 and set a 420-run target for India and the hosts could not even cross the 200-run mark in reply before they were bundled out. The win for England also snapped India’s unbeaten run in home Test matches that stretches back to February 2017, during which time India had not lost 15 Test matches at home.