Stokes supports Archer’s decision to protect his elbow & put national interest in forefront

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Ben Stokes has supported Jofra Archer’s call to keep national duties in forefront by attending to his injured elbow which may not see him playing in IPL 2021 at all .

Jofra’s elbow injury prevented him from going flat out in 3rd test and playing in 4th test against India. He returned in the T20 series with good figures of 4/33 in 4th T20I but subsequently decided to go back home to attend to his injury to make himself fit for England’s summer itinerary , T20I World cup & Ashes .

“We’re not sure how much of it he’ll be able to play a part, if any,” Stokes told reporters on Thursday. “One thing that we need to be very mindful of is that Jofra does need to give this elbow a chance to recover.”

England have a packed schedule for the home summer with test series against New Zealand and India and white-ball fixtures against Sri Lanka and Pakistan before the Twenty20 World Cup in India and the Ashes against arch-rivals Australia.

It’s great that he’s came out and said he’s putting his England commitments before everything else,” Stokes said of Archer. “It’s tough having an injury then getting through a game and then going backwards again.

“I think long term for his career, this is a very sensible option for him to be taking.” Stokes added

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