Archer missed a second test in a row as an elbow injury ruled him out on Thursday as England picked Mark Wood instead to bowl in the third test at St George’s Park.
Port Elizabeth: Paceman Jofra Archer will stay on tour as England hope to get him fit for the last Test against South Africa in Johannesburg next week, officials said on Thursday.
The 24-year-old missed a second Test in a row as an elbow injury ruled him out on Thursday as England picked Mark Wood instead to bowl in the third Test at St George’s Park.
“Jofra Archer is not fit and was not considered for selection. He’s not quite there with his right elbow injury,” said the England and Wales Cricket Board.
“Hopefully, he’ll be back in contention for the fourth Test.”
Wood replaced James Anderson, who broke a rib in the second Test victory over South Africa in Cape Town last week as England levelled the series at 1-1.
Bowler Craig Overton was sent home on Thursday after being brought out just before the first Test last month as cover when the England squad was ravaged by a mystery virus.
“Overton will continue his prep ahead of the Lions tour of Australia, which departs next week,” the ECB said.
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Ab De Villiers said that communication could have been better from his side, as well as the Cricket South Africa side during his career.
Bavuma hit 109 as South Africa chased down an England total of 342 for seven, winning with five balls to spare.
South Africa need to win at least three of their remaining five games, three of which are against England, in the ongoing Super League to automatically qualify for the World Cup in India later this year.