Jofra Archer could be rested for the forthcoming three-match ODI series against India. The England team management is likely to take a call on the same following the conclusion of the fifth and final T20I between the two teams on Saturday.
Earlier, Jofra Archer missed the last fourth Test against India due to an elbow injury and there were question marks over his participation in the five-match T20I series as well. But the Barbados-born cricketer has recovered well enough to play in all four T20Is thus far.
Jofra Archer Is Leading Wicket Taker In T20I Series And Will Play In 5th Deciding T20I As Well
He is the leading wicket-taker in the series with seven scalps to his name and is expected to feature in the fifth T20I as well. Although Jofra Archer showed no signs of discomfort in the ongoing T20I series, the England team management isn’t in favor of overburdening him. Since the Ashes and the T20 World Cup are scheduled to be played this year, the England team management doesn’t want to take any chances with the ace pacer.
Resting Jofra Archer could also provide the other England fast bowlers like Reece Topley, Jake Ball, David Willey an opportunity to play in Indian conditions. The next T20 and ODI World Cups will be played in India.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are yet to announce their squad for the three-match ODI series. The three ODIs will be played on March 23, March 26, and March 28 respectively at the Maharastra Cricket Association Stadium in stringent biosecure bubbles in Pune.