Jofra Archer is an injury doubt for the second Test against South Africa:
England’s pacer, Jofra Archer is an injury doubt for the Cape Town Test against South Africa at Cape Town. The 24-years-old claimed a five-for during the second innings of the first Test, securing a total of 6 wickets in the match.
Archer, who had been suffering from a sore right elbow, could not bowl during England’s training session on Wednesday at Cape Town. Jofra Archer might be rested in the second Test if he does not recover in time, as England were already considering to drop Stuart Broad or James Anderson for a spinner if necessary.
England’s coach, Chris Silverwood said: “In Jimmy and Stuart we have a wealth of experience and we’d be really stupid not to take that into consideration every game. It would be naïve of us not to do that. But equally, you do want your youngsters to come through and if we’re going to make room for a spinner then we’ve got to have a look at that. ”
Can England really afford to rest Jofra Archer in the second Test?:
Archer is the quickest pacer at England’s arsenal and he has already claimed five wickets 3 times in just 7 Test matches. On the other end, Sam Curran also bowled brilliantly during the first innings of the first Test. England might be in for a tough decision for the upcoming Test. He has claimed a total of 30 wickets at an average of 27.40 in 7 Tests. He will likely be part of the team if he recovers in time.
The good news is that the entire 19-member touring squad of England was fit enough to train today, along with Dom Sibley who is recovering quickly after being the latest victim of the sickness bug which affected the camp ever since their arrival in South Africa.