Archer to Miss ODI's & Part of IPL

England fast-bowler Jofra Archer has decided to miss England's ODI series against India and the start of the IPL season in an effort to remain fit for the T20 World Cup and the Ashes at the end of the year.

Archer has continued to experience issues with his elbow and will now get some specialised medical treatment to try and reduce the issues and ensure he's available and healthy at the end of the year.

Players have often been criticised for putting franchise cricket ahead of the national team, but it's refreshing to see Archer taking a different approach, one that was made in consultation with the England coaching and medical staff.

"It was a joint decision," Silverwood said. "Both parties have put England first, basically. He needs to get this right. He needs some time to do that so we've made space to make sure that we gave him the best chance of being successful for England.

"All parties agreed on that, and obviously Jofra was very keen on that as well. He wants to be at the World Cup and he wants to be at the Ashes. It wasn't a difficult decision by either side to be honest - I think it was a sensible decision.

"It is very satisfying and it shows how passionate Jofra is about playing for England and how much he enjoys playing for England. Equally, we respect that, and we enjoy having him around, so whatever we can do to help him, we will."

Archer, England's best white-ball bowler will be a key figure if England hope to become the first team to hold the 50 over and 20 over world cup simultaneously. He'll also play a key role on the fast bouncy tracks of Australia. England have rarely had the pace to compete with the Australians, but in Archer, Wood and Stone, England finally have a trio capable of getting the most out of the wickets down under.

Silverwood did confirm that Archer is not expected to require surgery on his elbow, but at this point it's not clear when he'll return to the IPL to take up his contract with the Royals.

The priority for England and for Archer is to have him fit and firing in time for the World Cup.


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