In what comes as damning news for England fans, pacer Jofra Archer has been ruled out of competitive cricket for the remainder of the calendar year due to a stress fracture.
Archer has been grappling with his elbow injury issues since January 2020 and while he continued to play till the Indian series earlier this year, the injury has taken its toll since then.
Archer underwent surgery on his troublesome elbow two months ago and while he was ruled out of the summer Test series against India, it was believed that the fast bowler will make a comeback in the T20 World Cup besides leading the attack in the Ashes Down Under.
However, according to a press release by the ECB, further scans on Jofra Archer’s elbow have revealed that the tearaway pacer has been diagnosed with a stress fracture.
”The England and Wales Cricket Board can confirm that England fast bowler Jofra Archer underwent further scans on his injured right elbow last week. The scans revealed that he has suffered a recurrence of a stress fracture of his right elbow,” said the ECB.
As a result, Archer has been ruled out of the upcoming T20 World Cup and the Ashes which is scheduled to take place at the end of the year.
”In response to these findings, he has been ruled out for the rest of the year and will miss the current LV= Insurance Test series against India, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and the Ashes series in Australia,” the statement added.
The ECB confirmed that Jofra Archer became aware of the increasing discomfort in his right elbow during a Vitality Blast fixture and a 50-over domestic game for Sussex.
”The 26-year-old, who had an operation in May to remove a bone fragment from his elbow, returned to play last month. As part of his return-to-bowling program, he became aware of increasing discomfort in his elbow during matches for Sussex in the Vitality Blast and a 50-over friendly against Oxfordshire. The operation is not related to the stress fracture that sidelined the player previously,” it said.
”He will now spend time on an extended break from cricket before returning for a medical review in early autumn,” the statement added.