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Archer out of ODIs and misses IPL start

Jofra Archer has been ruled out of England’s one-day series against India and will also miss the start of the Indian Premier League due to his ongoing elbow injury.

The latest fitness setback for their key strike bowler will be a cause for concern for England, who view him as integral to their twin goals of the Twenty20 World Cup and the Ashes in Australia later this year.

Archer has just completed five Twenty20 appearances for England in the space of nine days, bowling his maximum allocation of 20 overs, but has been managing a painful right elbow throughout.

He missed two of the four Tests against India as a result of the same issue and is now being sent back home for further assessment.

As a result, he will play no part in the three 50-over games in Pune and will no longer join up with Rajasthan Royals for the beginning of the IPL campaign.

Archer, whose deal with the franchise is worth around Stg 800,000 ($A1.4 million), was tournament MVP in the last edition but it is now unclear when or if he will rejoin the Royals.

The fact that Archer is being taken out of the firing line now, rather than playing on and committing to a full two-month IPL schedule, will be seen as a positive by England.

While the injury is causing discomfort, he was still able to bowl quickly and effectively in his recent appearances and has yet to break down.

England head coach Chris Silverwood has previously suggested Archer’s workload may need long-term management and it would now be no surprise to see him used carefully over the summer.

Otherwise, the 14-man squad selected for the ODIs on March 23, 26 and 28 is almost identical to that which was narrowly beaten 3-2 by India in the T20 series.

Legspinner Matt Parkinson has been promoted from the standby list to the main party.

Dawid Malan and Chris Jordan go in the other direction, but will travel and train as reserves alongside seamer Jake Ball.

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