“Hugely worrying”: Nasser Hussain on Jofra Archer’s injury

Hussain expressed concerns over Jofra Archer's injury and its relapses. He said England need to take good care of Archer and needs him to be fit for a long season.

Former England captain turned commentator Nasser Hussain on Sky Sports expressed concerns over England’s 50 over World Cup hero Jofra Archer’s injury and its recurring nature. Archer missed the limited-overs leg of the away Indian series in March.

This injury needed to be operated on. Thus Archer had to miss Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 (Archer’s Team – Rajasthan Royals) which was eventually suspended mid-way. He returned and bowled for his County club, Sussex against Kent. Five overs in the second innings accounting for his fellow England player Zak Crawley, Archer felt pain in his elbow and wasn’t bowled again. The England and Wales Cricket Club (ECB) said in a statement that Archer was ruled out of two-Test match series against New Zealand scheduled on May 24.

“It’s hugely worrying for any cricketer. You don’t want a recurring nature of an injury, especially a bowler and especially this lad. He is such a rare talent, an absolute gem. Even in the cricket we did see at Sussex last week, the ball he got Crawley out with was phenomenal,” Hussain said on Sky Sports.

Hussain stressed the fact Archer needs to be fit as the English cricket calendar is a busy one this year. Schedule for England – New Zealand will play two Tests in England followed by five-Test match series against and in India. T20 World Cup and then traveling to Australia for the Ashes.

“England will be desperate to look after him and get him right for that T20 World Cup and then, obviously, The Ashes. He can do things other bowlers can’t – as long as he is fit. He needs to be fit,” Hussain added.

England squad for New Zealand Test series :
Joe Root (captain), James Anderson, James Bracey, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Dom Sibley, Olly Stone, Mark Wood.

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