England were dealt with a body low a few days ago after Jofra Archer was ruled out from the ongoing India Test series, T20 World Cup, and the upcoming Ashes series Down Under.
Archer has been grappling with his troublesome right elbow since the 2019/20 tour of South Africa. He, however, continued to play on for most parts of 2020 before the issue aggravated to an extent that he had to undergo surgery.
Archer underwent surgery a couple of months ago and he was expected to make a return to competitive cricket at some point during the summer.
However, ECB revealed in a press release that Archer, who featured in a Blast and 50-over domestic game for Sussex recently, has been diagnosed with a stress fracture.
Writing in his column for ‘The Telegraph’, Michael Vaughan reckoned that given the recurring nature of Jofra Archer’s injuries, he may not risk bowling 25 overs in a day in Test cricket in order to prolong his career.
He also went on to cite the example of former spinner Graeme Swann, who had to call it quits from Test cricket because of chronic problems in his joint.
“You have to fear for Jofra Archer’s Test career now. If the elbow is that bad, why would he want to risk further injury by bowling 25 overs a day in Test cricket? Players can now earn a very good living in Twenty20 and Archer is one of the world’s best white-ball bowlers,” Vaughan explained.