In a major blow to the England cricket team, their spearhead bowler Jofra Archer is set to miss out on all the major tournaments the team would be playing this year. These include the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in UAE and Oman and the Ashes 2021.
Archer has been forced out of action owing to the recurring stress fracture on his right elbow. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed the news on Thursday.
Jofra Archer has been facing trouble with his elbow since the start of last year. England and Wales Cricket Board expected him to be part for part of the five-match Test series against India. However, all those hopes have now been shattered.
“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,” ECB said in a statement.
“In response to these findings, he has been ruled out for the rest of the year and will miss the current Test series against India, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and the Ashes series in Australia.”
Archer appeared for Sussex in the County Championship. However, it only caused his elbow injury to flare up in the second innings. He did not bowl on the final two days of that game against Kent and was subsequently ruled out of the home series against New Zealand.
“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 programme, 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. He will now spend time on an extended break from cricket before returning for a medical review in early autumn,” ECB stated further.
The absence of Jofra Archer adds to the worries of the England team, who are prepping up for the T20 World Cup, him being an important element of their bowling department. They are also without BenStokes, who has taken an indefinite break from the game owing to an injured left index finger and to prioritize his mental well-being.
England is currently playing the first of their five-match Test series against India at Trent Bridge.