Pace bowler Jofra Archer is out of action with a low-grade stress fracture in his right elbow. Photo: Ross Setford/Reuters
Pace bowler Jofra Archer is out of action with a low-grade stress fracture in his right elbow. Photo: Ross Setford/Reuters

England may need to manage Archer workload

Time of article published Feb 12, 2020

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England coach Chris Silverwood has said he may look to limit the number of overs Jofra Archer bowls as he looks for ways of keeping his pace battery fit and fresh.

Archer, who is out of action with a low-grade stress fracture in his right elbow, bowled more overs than any of his England teammates in 2019 despite only making his international debut in May.

Test captain Joe Root has denied suggestions that Archer has been overbowled, but Silverwood said England may need to consider using the Barbadian-born quick in short bursts.

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“Things like (bowling 40 overs in an innings) we have to look at,” Silverwood told reporters. “But sometimes, when needs must, you’ve got to do it.

“We managed Mark Wood through both the Test matches he’s played here (in South Africa) and he’s bowled in short, sharp spells. Would we look to do that now with Jof? Yes, we probably would.” 

Reuters

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