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Jofra Archer out of England’s second Test in India as Joe Root considers options

Jofra Archer is struggling with an arm injury (Picture: Getty Images for ECB)

Jofra Archer will not play in England’s second Test match of the series in India, which starts on Saturday in Chennai, due to an arm injury.

The injury is not thought to be serious and Sportsmail report that the fast bowler is likely to be back for the third Test in Ahmedabad, starting on 24 February.

The problem is unrelated to the previous elbow stress fracture that the 25-year-old had suffered with and his non-selection this week is more precautionary and to manage the workload of the pace bowlers on the tour.

Captain Joe Root is not short of options in the fast bowling department, but the injury to Archer will have changed the plans of captain and coach Chris Silverwood.

Stuart Broad is the obvious choice to replace Archer in the attack, and he is likely to come in, but Root and Silverwood must decide whether they retain 38-year-old Jimmy Anderson in the side for the second Test.

Anderson was superb in the first Test, but was likely to be rested for the second contest as England manage his game time over the series.

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Olly Stone and Chris Woakes are the other pace options available to England and it is not out of the question that both could come into the side, although that would be something of a gamble.

Archer played an important part in the memorable 227-run victory in the first Test in Chennai, taking 2-75 in India’s first innings and 1-23 in the second, although he had a poor time with the bat, scoring just five runs in the match.

Anderson took five wickets in the first Test, returning figures of 2-46 in the first innings and a superb 3-17 in the second.

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