England speedster Jofra Archer had earlier announced this week that he won’t be available for the selection for the five-match Test series against India, which starts on August 04. The right-arm fast bowler was expected to be back from the third Test onwards but felt he has not gained full fitness after the elbow surgery he underwent to fix a long standing elbow issue.
Archer briefly returned to play a T20 game but could not prolong his stay with a worsening elbow. Speaking about the same, former England captain Michael Vaughan gave a shocking statement regarding the pacer’s Test career. Vaughan feels Archer may not be interested in continuing in the red-ball format due to its stern requirements. The 26-year-old Archer started his Test career with a bang, impressing one and all in the Ashes series in 2019. He consistently clocked speeds above 145 KMPH and proved to be a thorn in the flesh for Australia batters.
“You have to fear for Jofra Archer’s Test career now. If the elbow is that bad, why would he want to risk further injury by bowling 25 overs a day in Test cricket? Players can now earn a very good living in Twenty20 and, Archer is one of the world’s best white-ball bowlers," Vaughan explained to The Telegraph.
The upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is set to begin from October 17 and Archer’s inclusion for the global event seems in doubt due to his recurring elbow problem. After the T20 World Cup, England are set to embark on an Ashes tour Down Under. Vaughan added that England need to start addressing how they are going to operate without Archer who is a genuine match-winner.