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Archer out of England Test series vs New Zealand with elbow injury

Archer, 26, returned to action in this week’s County Championship match against Kent – his first competitive appearance since undergoing surgery at the end of March to remove a piece of glass from his hand – but bowled only five overs in the visitors’ second innings at Hove.

The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed in a statement on Sunday evening that the fast bowler would not feature in the squad to face the Black Caps, saying he was “suffering from pain in his right elbow when bowling”.

It added: “The England and Sussex medical teams will now seek guidance, and Archer will see a medical consultant later this week to determine the next course of action on the management of his elbow.”

The Test squad is set to be finalised on Monday, though England had already been expected to handle Archer’s comeback cautiously even if the game against Kent had gone well.

The setback will come as a big concern to England selectors and fans alike, with the T20 World Cup, due to be held in October and November in India, on the horizon, followed by the Ashes series in Australia.

Sussex captain Ben Brown addressed the Archer situation after the drawn match against Kent, expressing his sadness for his team-mate that he was “feeling too sore to bowl”.

Archer had looked to be proving his fitness, having taken three wickets during the opening two days of this week’s championship match.

But Sussex coach Ian Salisbury confirmed on Saturday evening that he would not bowl another ball in the encounter.

Salisbury said there had been some “confusion” over the state of Archer’s fitness on Saturday, with Brown seemingly asking him to bowl and Archer being unable to do so.


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