England hopeful Archer will recover for third Test against South Africa

England are hopeful that pace ace Jofra Archer will be fit and ready to go for the third Test against South Africa.

Jofra Archer looks set to return to the England side for the third Test against South Africa, which begins in Port Elizabeth on 16 January.

Archer, who was England’s best bowler in the first Test with 1-65 and 5-102, missed the second Test at Newlands through injury.

The 24-year old struggled with soreness in his right elbow. The quick went for two scans and the England team confirmed that the second of those revealed only bruising and swelling.

Dom Bess, who wasn’t part of the touring squad originally, was recalled to replace Archer in Cape Town.

England have been the walking wounded on this tour. In the build up to and during the first Test in Pretoria, 11 players and four of the backroom staff became ill.

Prior to the Newlands Test, opener Rory Burns injured his ankle while playing soccer during training – ruling him out of the remainder of the tour.

The Proteas lead the four-match series 1-0, with the second Test currently underway in Cape Town.

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