Jofra Archer’s injury raises concerns about his fitness after he missed a second successive Mumbai Indians match… shortly before England captain Ben Stokes spoke on the need for speed against Australia
- Archer missed his second consecutive match for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League
- Concerns about the England star’s fitness began to grow before the Ashes
- It came after Ben Stokes spoke of the importance of fast bowling in the Ashes
Concerns began to grow about Jofra Archer’s fitness on Tuesday as Ben Stokes emerged to speak of the importance of “90mph plus” fast bowling in the Ashes.
Archer on Tuesday missed his second consecutive match for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League after reporting pain in his elbow that required two operations.
And while England downplay the problem and say their fast bowling assets are missing as a precaution, there must be concerns about Archer’s red-ball cricket fitness ahead of the Ashes series against Australia which begins on June 16. .
That would be a huge concern for England captain Stokes who, speaking to Sky Sports in India before Archer reported his problem, seemed to confirm that the fast bowler who has been plagued by injuries over the past two years is still in first choice for the Ashes. Lined up.
Concerns began to grow about Jofra Archer’s fitness after he reported soreness in his elbow
It came after Ben Stokes (center) spoke about the importance of fast bowling in the Ashes
“I think I know what it’s going to be like to line up an Ashes squad, there or thereabouts,” said Stokes, who plays for Chennai in the Indian Premier League despite suffering from a chronic knee injury.
“Having the option to run over 90mph any captain would want that. But when it comes to that first Test I will make sure I pick the best team for that first match.
The England captain, with the importance of fast bowling in the form of Archer and others such as Mark Wood and Olly Stone in mind, revealed that he had ordered ‘flat and fast’ pitches for his mouth-watering Ashes series which would start at Edgbaston and carry on at Lord’s, Headingley, Old Trafford and The Oval.
“We’ve been clear with the core staff about what kind of wickets we want and they’ve been responsive,” said Stokes. We want a flat, quick wicket. We want to score quickly. If that pushes the youngsters of Australia to it, they’ll be happy. “I’m smiling because I’m looking forward to it.”
And Stokes insisted there would be no turning back from the ultra-positive brand of cricket that brought England 10 wins from 12 matches under his captaincy and he would continue to risk losing to try and win the Ashes in entertaining fashion.
“I wouldn’t change anything just because we’re in the ashes,” Stokes added. Every match will result in a score. If I wasn’t going to be honest with myself and everything I’ve done in the past year.
Archer missed his second consecutive match for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League