England are set to unleash Mark Wood in the third Test against South Africa, with Jofra Archer unable to prove his match fitness.
Captain Joe Root will keep a close eye on the fitness of Mark Wood and Jofra Archer in England’s final practice session before the third Test against South Africa.
A 28-year-old man who admitted racially abusing England bowler Jofra Archer in November has been banned from attending international and domestic games in New Zealand for two years.
Mark Wood has stepped up his bid to prove he is the man to provide England with the “X factor” they are looking for in the third Test against South Africa.
England slumped to an underwhelming 262 for nine on day one of the second Test against South Africa, another disappointing entry in a tour that is lurching from bad to worse.
England’s batsmen were fighting for a foothold on day one of the second Test in Cape Town, with Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope at the crease on 149 for four at tea.
England reached 67 for two by lunch on day one of the second Test against South Africa as they attempted to reset the tone of the tour in Cape Town.
England had more bad news on the morning of the second Test against South Africa, with paceman Jofra Archer ruled out due to an elbow injury.
England’s troubled tour of South Africa hit a new low on the eve of the second Test in Cape Town, with batsman Rory Burns ruled out for the remainder of the series with an ankle injury sustained while playing football.
England’s troubled tour of South Africa threatened to take a fresh turn for the worse on Thursday, with Jofra Archer looking certain to miss the second Test with an elbow injury and Rory Burns limping out of the team’s football warm-up.
England are awaiting scan results on Jofra Archer’s right elbow but the paceman looks increasingly unlikely to feature in Friday’s second Test against South Africa in Cape Town.