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Joe Root denies England workload to blame for Jofra Archer’s injury

• Archer bowled more overs than any other England player in 2019
• Root blames heavy workload before May for Archer’s injury

Joe Root has denied England overworked Jofra Archer before the injury that has curtailed his opening spell as an international. It emerged on Wednesday that Archer had suffered a stress fracture of the right elbow, previously undiagnosed by scans, ruling him out for at least three months.

A countback across all formats shows Archer bowled more overs than any other England player in 2019, despite the fact he did not make his debut until May. Archer also sent down the third most overs of any seam bowler in international cricket during that period even though he is still a novice at the top level.

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