Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer. (Photo: Twitter)

England speedster Jofra Archer will not be available for selection for the England team as well as for any competitive cricket till next summer as he is still nursing his injured right elbow after a second surgery that took place on December 11. The England and Wales Cricket Board issued a statement on Wednesday that confirmed this development.

Jofra Archer had last played a competitive game in the T20I series against India in March earlier this year. However, a stress fracture in his right elbow meant that he missed a whole host of games and hasn’t been back ever since on the cricketing stage.

Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer (Image Credit: Twitter)

Jofra Archer missed the home Test series against India, the IPL as well as the T20 World Cup and also hasn’t featured for England in their ongoing Ashes series Down Under. This has been frustrating for England as he was one of their trump cards across formats.

Here is what the ECB had to say through their statement, “The England and Wales Cricket Board can confirm that fast bowler Jofra Archer underwent a second operation on his injured right elbow on Saturday 11 December in London. The procedure addressed the long-standing stress fracture of his right elbow. A return to cricket will be determined in time, but Jofra will not be available for any of England’s remaining Winter series.”

England are dearly missing Jofra Archer Down Under

England head coach Chris Silverwood, ever since his appointment, was pretty vocal about his desire to help England regain the Ashes Down Under. For this to happen, he had put his faith in pace and had backed quicks like Jofra Archer to do the job for him.

However, England have missed Jofra Archer badly as their bowling attack Down Under lacks that extra zip and pace. Already 0-2 down in the series, Joe Root and his men are facing down the barrel of another series defeat Down Under unless they are able to extraordinarily find form.

England team. Photo- Getty
England team. Photo- Getty

England‘s inability to attack the Aussies with extra pace on these flat wickets have been one of the mistakes that they have repeated since the last Ashes Down Under. Root will need to find inspiration and somehow himself inspire his men to stage a strong comeback in the series.