Jofra Archer has been forced out of action for the rest of the year because of the recurrence of a stress fracture on his right elbow, England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed. Archer has been struggling with his right elbow for quite some time and missed matches during the South Africa tour in 2020, the India tour earlier this year and was also ruled out of the Indian Premier League.
Archer returned to action for Sussex in the County Championship, only for the 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.
“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 WC 2021 and the Ashes series in Australia.
“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,” further read the statement from ECB.
Archer’s break comes as another big blow for England given their preparation for the T20 WC in UAE later this year and the Ashes. They are also missing the services of Ben Stokes, who has taken an indefinite break to “prioritise his mental wellbeing and to rest his left index finger, which has not fully healed since his return to competitive cricket earlier this month.”