Jofra Archer set to miss England's 2nd test against India, who takes his place?

According to the Guardian, Jofra Archer is set to miss England's 2nd test against India which is set to get going this Saturday.


The England seam bowler was suffering with a stomach bug on the 5th day of the first test and has now picked up an undisclosed arm injury. The injury is not believed to be long-term or serious, but it does mean that England will need to shuffle their seam attack ahead of the 2nd test.


So the big question becomes who will replace him?


Many believed that the 2nd test would see James Anderson rested in favour of Stuart Broad. Anderson was superb with the ball in the first test, extracting some excellent reverse swing on the final morning to help skittle the Indian batsmen and claim a famous victory for England.


However, we have to remember that he is 38 and with a day/night test coming up after the 2nd test, you'd want your best swing bowler to be available under the lights with the pink ball. Can he play three tests in a row? We may find out.


England do have other options. Archer claimed three wickets in the first test, but it was his pace that added something a little different for England. If Chris Silverwood wanted to replicate that pace, it may be time to bring in Olly Stone. Stone has express pace but has struggled with consistency and injuries, but he would be a like-for-like change.


The alternative is to bring in Chris Woakes. The all-rounder has only played 3 tests in India and didn't fare very well last time out, his numbers of 3 wickets for 244 runs conceded give him an 81.33 average. It's too small a sample size to read into but the selection of Woakes would extend the batting for England. The Warwickshire man averaged over 29 last year in 6 test matches, including a superb 84* against Pakistan at Old Trafford.


Personally, I'd be tempted to give Stone a chance, bringing real pace and ensuring Jimmy is 100% fit for the 3rd test.



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