Several cricketers from England have now joined their Indian Premier League teams, but it remains to be seen if Jofra Archer will join them after surgery on a finger injury he suffered from accidentally breaking a fish bowl in January.
Archer, 25, underwent a procedure Monday to remove a glass shard from a tendon inside his right middle finger, having reported minor irritation to the finger after playing two Tests and all five Twenty20s during the England time in India.
The Guardian learned that this was the result of Archer dropping a fish tank into a bathroom at his home in Hove while trying to clean it. England say the cut, which was healed before he toured, did not affect his availability for the national team.
However, the need to treat the long-term bowler’s elbow problem fast with a second injection of cortisone made this week the ideal time for a specialist to check it out. Speaking Monday night, team principal Ashley Giles confirmed the bizarre incident. “It’s true, it was a fishbowl,” Giles told BBC Radio 5 live. “He was in surgery today and it went well. It was managed through India, but since he returned home for treatment on his elbow, [also] went to a specialist. The finger was stiff. They found a glass shard in the tendon.
“We must handle the elbow with care. We don’t know what will happen in the next few months, but our priority is to do both well and take him back to the field. I’m sure it will be fine. “
Ultimately, Archer’s elbow is considered the more worrisome of the two problems, such that several teammates and staff were unaware of the cut to the finger on his bowling hand, not least given its importance. for the team’s goals of winning the T20 World Cup and Ashes. this year.
Having flown home before the one-day series, Archer was already scheduled to miss the start of the IPL which begins on April 9, but England is expected to decide in the next few days whether he can appear in the final part of the tournament or if you have to tell the Rajasthan Royals that they need a replacement.
If so, he would forfeit his £ 800,000 deal with Rajasthan this year, although he may have insured his winnings against injury.
Several members of Eoin Morgan’s cue ball squad have joined their IPL franchises, while Chris Woakes, who is not part of the T20 squad and rested for three ODIs, landed in Mumbai to begin quarantine before his spell with Delhi Capitals. .
His full availability for the tournament has been questioned in some quarters given England’s use of rest periods at home during the India tour; only the T20 squad was in top form and the Tourists suffered series losses in all three formats.
Speaking after Sunday’s seven-run loss in the final one-day international match in Pune, a match in which Sam Curran’s 95 undefeated couldn’t prevent a 2-1 series loss, the coach was asked in boss Chris Silverwood if he regretted the use of rotation.
“I would do the same again,” he said. “I have said it all the time, the priority has to be that the players are well. Intervening before someone breaks is the best way to go. Prevention is better than cure. Trying to keep the players fresh in mind and body is key, and I think we have almost done well. “
Mitigating the limitations of players living in biosecure bubbles for long periods, with families unable to join them on tour, was the engine behind the policy. But the final results after the 2-0 victory in Sri Lanka and the first test victory in Chennai remain a disappointment, despite the obvious strength of India.
Silverwood, who was one of two tourists who made the entire three-month trip to Sri Lanka and India, along with reserve Matt Parkinson, said: “I am proud of each and every player who has been here. “I am proud of the effort and attitude that has been shown towards the game. I think we have learned a lot, and from that point of view I couldn’t ask for more. It is a very difficult place to come and win, we know that. India is very strong in its conditions, but there has been a lot of encouragement.
“We have valuable experience for the next T20 World Cup, and if we look back at the test series [lost 3-1], the amount of experience that the youngsters will get from that by playing in those conditions, the lessons they have learned, when they return they will know what to do and will have a better game plan ”.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism