Bairstow returns, Archer ruled out as England name squad for Ireland Test


Bairstow returns, Archer ruled out as England name squad for Ireland Test

by Staff • Last updated on Tue, May 16, 2023

England pacer Jofra Archer has been ruled out for the rest of the summer after recurrence of his stress fracture, but wicketkeeper-bat Jonny Bairstow has recovered from his leg injury and will be making his national comeback in the one-off Test against Ireland.

Archer returned home midway through the ongoing IPL 2023 and recent scans revealed he has sustained a recurrence of a stress fracture to his right elbow. The pacer will now spend time with the England and Sussex medical teams, who are incharge of his injury management.

“It has been a frustrating and upsetting period for Jofra Archer,” ECB Managing Director for England Men’s Cricket, Rob Key, said. “He was making good progress until a recurrence of the elbow injury, which kept him out for an extended period previously. We wish him the best of luck with his recovery. I’m sure we will see Jofra back to his best and winning games for England, whatever the format. Hopefully, sooner rather than later.

England Men’s Test Squad: Ben Stokes (C), James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Matthew Potts, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

Meanwhile, Bairstow is set for a comeback following a broken left leg and dislocated ankle episode, and will be in action for the first time since last August. He comes in at the expense of Ben Foakes.

“It was a seriously tough decision to leave Ben Foakes out of the squad. He has been excellent for England in the last year, but Jonny Bairstow is one of the best players in the world whose performances last summer epitomised what we are about,” Key noted..

Also returning to the national fold is seamer Chris Woakes, for the first time since March 2022. If picked in the 11, it;ll be Woakes’s first Test appearance on home soil since August 2020. Mark Wood,, who took a break from the New Zealand tour, has also been included int he 15-member squad.

England have also named batter Ollie Pope as Ben Stokes’s deputy with immediate effect.

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