England bowler Jofra Archer has been officially ruled out from all cricket matches because of the stress fracture in his right elbow.
Jofra Archer spent most of his summer out of the field after recovering from the surgery he had in May. However, with recurring pain and discomfort, Archer had to be ruled out of upcoming games even with high hopes of returning to the field for England.
The 26-year-old underwent obtained the fracture during the South Africa tour in 2020. Last May, Archer underwent surgery and has spent the majority of summer recovering from it. He had a tentative return to the field where he played for Sussex’s game against Kent. In that match, Archer experienced discomfort that will impend his return in the middle of England’s matches against India.
Talking about Archer’s current condition, the ECB released a statement saying, ‘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. 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’.
‘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’, the statement added.
This is a big blow to the English team who has high hopes for the Ashes as Archer is not the only one unavailable for the team.
Archer has only played 6 Tests, 3 ODIs, and 11 T20Is since he was troubled by his shoulder injury. Should he recover from it soon, there may be a possibility that he’ll only limit himself to white-ball cricket to alleviate the risks of his shoulder again. To learn more about the formats of cricket, head over to Betwala.
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