Jofra Archer: England bowler out until next summer after fresh injury setback | Cricket News

Archer hasn’t played at the highest level in nine months and his absence will extend for over a year after it was decided that the recurring stress fracture in his right elbow needed another operation; he has already been barred from the three-test tour of the West Indies in March

Last updated: 21/12/21 18:16


Jofra Archer hasn’t played at the highest level in nine months

English fast bowler Jofra Archer has suffered a new injury, undergoing a second elbow operation that will keep him out of the game until next summer.

Archer hasn’t played at the highest level in nine months and his absence will extend for over a year after it was decided that the recurring stress fracture in his right elbow needed another operation.

On Saturday he went under the knife and, although the prognosis is still unclear, he has already been barred from the three-test tour of his native West Indies in March.

That series had been the stated goal of the 26-year-old’s return, but now he has to set his sights on England’s national campaign in 2022.

Archer’s absence was strongly felt during the ongoing campaign for Ashes, a journey in which he was expected to play a key role before the extent of his fitness problems became apparent.

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There are now legitimate concerns about the kind of international career Archer will enjoy.

He made a stunning introduction to the global stage in 2019, leading England’s attack in their triumphant World Cup campaign and making a flashy test debut against Australia at Lord’s a few weeks later.

But he was never able to recapture the magic of those early performances, largely due to the physical setbacks he lashed out at.

He’s a hugely attractive asset on the lucrative Twenty20 circuit, but he has previously stated his desire to prove himself in the five-day format. It remains to be seen if his body allows it.

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Speaking to Australian broadcaster Channel 7 earlier this month, Archer appeared in an upbeat mood about his rehabilitation.

“The (scan) results came back yesterday and it was pretty promising, actually – everything is going well,” he said.

“It’s just a matter of waiting a little longer and being a little more patient because I’m almost at the end of the road.”

Announcing the latest disappointing developments, the England and Wales Cricket Board said: “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.”

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