Jofra Archer to miss India ODIs and start of IPL season, ECB confirms


Liam Livingstone, Matt Parkinson, Reece Topley named in England’s 14-man ODI squad

Jofra Archer will miss England’s ODI series in India and the early stages of the IPL season, the ECB have confirmed.

As reported by ESPNcricinfo, Archer’s elbow injury has become a growing concern for the England management over the course of the tour to India, and will be investigated further by the ECB’s medical team when he returns to the UK.

It is understood that Archer’s IPL franchise, Rajasthan Royals, remain optimistic about the possibility of him featuring for them this season but have accounted for him missing at least the first few matches of the league phase. The tournament starts on April 9.

“Jofra’s elbow issue has deteriorated over the course of the T20I series and made it increasingly difficult for him to maintain performance levels,” an ECB statement said. “He has been deemed unfit for selection for the ODI series that features matches on 23, 26 and 28 March.

“The ECB medical team will assess the player and, together with Jofra, develop a treatment plan and a return-to-play schedule in due course. As a consequence, Jofra will miss the start of this year’s Indian Premier League.”

England have named a 14-man squad for the ODI series, featuring nine of the squad that won the World Cup in 2019. Joe Root and Chris Woakes both flew home after the Test series and have not returned to India.

Matt Parkinson, the 24-year-old legspinner who won two caps in South Africa in February 2020, may be given an opportunity as the only player to have been with the England camp throughout their winter schedule in Sri Lanka and India, while his Lancashire team-mate Liam Livingstone is in line to make his ODI debut.

Root’s absence leaves England needing to reshuffle their batting order, while Sam Billings will be given another opportunity to impress after making his maiden international hundred in their most recent ODI series, against Australia in September.

Morgan hinted ahead of the T20I series that he would use the 50-over leg of the tour to look at fringe players, and Reece Topley, the tall left-arm seamer, is likely to be handed chances at some stage.

Jake Ball, Chris Jordan and Dawid Malan will remain with the squad as reserves in case of injury or illness. England travelled to Pune from Ahmedabad on Sunday, ahead of the first ODI on Tuesday.

Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets at @mroller98