England have suffered another injury blow as pace bowler Jofra Archer will miss the upcoming tour to Sri Lanka due to an elbow injury.
The 25-year-old had already been ruled out of the rest of the tour to South Africa but a scan has revealed the full extent of his issue.
The ECB announced today that Archer had a low grade stress fracture in his right elbow and would miss the tour of Sri Lanka and the 2020 IPL season.
It is hoped that he will recover in time for the start of the England’s summer schedule, which begins against the West Indies in June.
It leaves Joe Root and Chris Silverwood short of a key weapon for the two-match series in Sri Lanka.
With that in mind, here are three players that may step up to help to solve that issue…
It is near impossible to find a like for like replacement for a player like Archer but Stone is someone with express pace.
The 26-year-old is capable of bowling 90 mph+ and has terrorised more than his fair share of batsmen on the county circuit.
Stone made his Test debut against Ireland at Lord’s last year, finishing with figures of 3-29, and has been on tour to Sri Lanka with the Three Lions before.
He has struggled with a back injury over the last few months, so England may not want to risk him but if they think he’s fit enough, he could get the call.
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Perhaps the most raw of the bowlers on this list, Mahmood is seriously quick and can swing the ball, both conventionally and reverse, so he would be a suitable replacement for Archer in Sri Lanka.
Mahmood only has 16 First-class games, and 42 wickets, under his belt, so including him in the Test squad may be a bit of a risk.
The 22-year-old has been included in the squad for England’s current ODI series in South Africa, so may be able to show something to Silverwood over the next week or so.
Overton may not have the pace that Archer, Stone or Mahmood can produce, but he is a high-class bowler in his own right and his tall frame allows him to get some significant bounce.
The 25-year-old has 286 First-class wickets to his name at an average of 25.72 and could be a useful man for Root to be able to turn to in Sri Lanka.
The Somerset quick has four Test caps and nine wickets to his name already and was called up as cover for the tour of South Africa.
Perhaps Archer’s absence will give him another chance to prove himself.
Along with the two previous bowlers named on this list, he has been given a pace-development contract by the ECB.
Craig’s twin and someone that offers more pace than his brother, Jamie Overton could be someone that England look to for the South Africa tour.
The 25-year-old doesn’t have as impressive a country cricket record as his brother but if Silverwood and Root want a replacement with pace, perhaps he will be the man they turn to.
The Somerset quick is currently in Australia with the England Lions, so he’s clearly someone that the Three Lions have a keen eye on.