• England lose Archer for SA T20I series

    England fast bowler Jofra Archer has been ruled out of next month’s T20I series against the Proteas.

    Archer played the first of the recent four-Test series against South Africa, but was then sidelined by an elbow injury.

    ‘Archer returned to the United Kingdom on Tuesday evening and will focus his time on getting fit after sustaining soreness to his right elbow, which forced him out of the last three Tests against the Proteas,’ read a statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board.

    ‘The right-arm quick managed one appearance on the red-ball leg of the tour where he took five wickets in the opening Test of the four-match series at Supersport Park, which England won 3-1 this week in Johannesburg.

    ‘He will be replaced in the squad by Lancashire seamer Saqib Mahmood, who will remain in South Africa after the three-match ODI series.’

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    The Barbados-born Archer qualified to play for England last year and was key to a triumphant World Cup campaign in the United Kingdom. He will represent the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League later this year.

    The Proteas, meanwhile, have named wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock as the new ODI captain. He has succeeded former captain Faf du Plessis.

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