Jofra Archer Ruled Out From Two-Test Series Against New Zealand Due To Elbow Injury

Jofra Archer has been ruled out of next month’s two-match Test series against New Zealand, the England & Wales Cricket Board confirmed on Sunday (May 16). Jofra 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. Surgery to remove a piece of glass from his hand followed by a rehab program to tend to his

Jofra Archer Ruled Out From Two-Test Series Against New Zealand Due To Elbow Injury

Jofra Archer has been ruled out of next month’s two-match Test series against New Zealand, the England & Wales Cricket Board confirmed on Sunday (May 16). Jofra 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. 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.

Jofra Archer bowled only five overs for Sussex in the second innings against Kent. © Getty

Jofra Archer Ruled Out Of 2 Tests Series Against New Zealand After Missing IPL 2021

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.

Jofra Archer bowled 29.2 overs for Sussex's 2nd XI last week Getty Images
Jofra Archer bowled 29.2 overs for Sussex’s 2nd XI last week Getty Images

Jofra Archer was ruled out of England’s two-Test series against New Zealand, starting at Lord’s on June 2, and may face surgery on his troublesome right elbow after failing to come through this week’s return to the first-class action.

As the MVP in the last IPL in November 2020 playing for , and following a series of hostile displays in the 3-2 series loss in India, Jofra Archer’s value to England’s T20I attack is paramount, especially given that the team will go into the T20 World Cup in October and November as one of the favourites, and seeking to become the first team to hold the 50-over and 20-over titles concurrently.

Jofra Archer Underwent An Operation In Middle Finger Of Right Hand Besides Receiving Treatment On His Elbow

Jofra Archer, who withdrew from IPL 2021 prior to its postponement earlier this month, had undergone a series of cortisone injections to enable him to get through the T20I leg of England’s white-ball tour of India in March.

He also underwent an operation on the middle finger of his right hand while receiving further treatment on his elbow, to remove a splinter of glass following a bizarre incident involving a fish tank. He showed no ill effects following that treatment and has been playing without protection on the affected digit.

Jofra Archer - GETTY IMAGES
Jofra Archer – GETTY IMAGES

After a low-key return to action for Sussex’s second XI against Surrey two weeks ago, Jofra Archer appeared to be returning to his best when he picked up two wickets, including his England Test team-mate Zak Crawley, in a hostile new-ball burst on his return to the County Championship against Kent at Hove this week.

However, he bowled just five overs in Kent’s second innings, and none on the final two days of the match, a situation that appeared to have caused confusion for his Sussex captain Ben Brown on a rain-shortened third day, when he gestured for Jofra Archer to open the bowling but had to turn instead to his team-mate George Garton.

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Cameron Bancroft Contacted By CA Integrity Team To Know If He Has More Information Regarding 2018 Ball-Tampering Saga

Cameron Bancroft revealed that more than three people may have knowledge about the Sandpaper Gate, as the fiasco has once again resurfaced and became a talking point in the cricketing world. Now, Cricket Australia’s (CA) Integrity team has reached out to the right-handed batsman to see if he has more information to give on the issue. Cameron Bancroft Who Said It Was Probably Self Explanatory That The Bowlers Were Aware Of Ball Tampering Was Contacted By CA Integrity Team Sources within Cricket Australia confirmed to ANI that the Integrity Team has indeed reached out to Cameron Bancroft and currently they

Cameron Bancroft Contacted By CA Integrity Team To Know If He Has More Information Regarding 2018 Ball-Tampering Saga

Cameron Bancroft revealed that more than three people may have knowledge about the Sandpaper Gate, as the fiasco has once again resurfaced and became a talking point in the cricketing world.

Now, Cricket Australia’s (CA) Integrity team has reached out to the right-handed batsman to see if he has more information to give on the issue.

Cameron Bancroft photographed at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street. Photograph: Richard Saker/The Guardian

Cameron Bancroft Who Said It Was Probably Self Explanatory That The Bowlers Were Aware Of Ball Tampering Was Contacted By CA Integrity Team

Sources within Cricket Australia confirmed to ANI that the Integrity Team has indeed reached out to Cameron Bancroft and currently they are waiting to hear from him.

“The Integrity team has reached out to Cameron Bancroft today to see if he has some new information on the issue. We are waiting for a reply from his side. He is in the UK currently so it’s still pretty early there,” the source said.

Cameron Bancroft, who is playing county cricket in Durham, said it was ‘probably self-explanatory’ whether the bowlers were aware that the ball was being tampered with.

“Yeah, look, all I wanted to do was to be responsible and accountable for my own actions and part. Yeah, obviously what I did benefits bowlers and the awareness around that, probably, is self-explanatory,” Bancroft said to the Guardian interviewer Donald McRae as reported by ESPNcricinfo.

“I guess one thing I learnt through the journey and being responsible is that’s where the buck stops [with Bancroft himself]. Had I had better awareness I would have made a much better decision,” he added.

Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months for his role in the ball-tampering affair Gallo Images/Getty Images
Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months for his role in the ball-tampering affair Gallo Images/Getty Images

When he was further stressed, Bancroft replied: “Uh… yeah, look, I think, yeah, I think it’s pretty probably self-explanatory.”

During an interview with The Guardian, Cameron Bancroft was asked if any of the bowlers knew about the ball-tampering. In his response, the Australian batsman said that he is responsible for his own actions, but added that there probably was an “awareness” about it.

Three years since the , Cameron Bancroft, while not having taken any names, has seemingly admitted that Australia’s bowling attack consisting of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, and Mitchell Marsh knew he was scuffing the ball up with sandpaper.

Cricket Australia Reached Out To Cameron Bancroft To See Whether He Has Any New Information Regarding The 2018 Cape Town Test Ball-Tampering Fiasco

Last week, a Cricket Australia spokesperson had said that the board is open to reinvestigating the issue if there is some new information.

“CA has maintained all along that if anyone is in possession of new information in regards to the Cape Town Test of 2018, they should come forward and present it. The investigation conducted at the time was detailed and comprehensive. Since then, no one has presented new information to CA that casts doubt on the investigation’s findings,” ESPNcricinfo quoted CA spokesperson as saying.

In March 2018, Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera trying to change the condition of the ball using sandpaper in a Test match against South Africa in Cape Town. The incident later went on to be labeled as the ‘Sandpaper Gate’ and is considered as one of the darkest moments in the history of Australian cricket.

David Warner and Steve Smith, Reuters
David Warner and Steve Smith, Reuters

On the third day of the match, the batsman was caught on camera trying to alter the condition of the ball. As soon as the clip was shown on television, it went viral on social media and the entire cricketing fraternity condemned the act.
After the conclusion of the day’s play, Cameron Bancroft and then Australia skipper Steve Smith admitted the offense that they did tamper with the ball. David Warner’s involvement in the act was also confirmed.

Australia went on to lose the match and Cricket Australia took some bold calls as they first removed the captain and vice-captain of the side. Later, the Australian cricket board handed a one-year ban to both Steve Smith and David Warner, while Cameron Bancroft was given a nine-month suspension. Australia coach Darren Lehmann also resigned after the episode.

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