Jofra Archer had to undergo two surgeries on a troublesome elbow, but a stress fracture in his lower back forced him out for the season. The ECB said no timeframe has been set for its return, adding: A management plan will be determined after further specialist advice in the coming days.
Last update: 05/19/22 10:42
England and Sussex seamstress Jofra Archer has been ruled out for the season after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in her lower back.
Archer has not played for England since their T20I series in India last March and has had three surgeries in the last 14 months, including one on his hand to remove a shard of glass and two on his elbow.
The 27-year-old trained with England in Barbados as part of his rehabilitation earlier this year and he had planned to return for Sussex in their first Blast match against Glamorgan later this month .
Archer dropped Pat Cummins behind him as he finished his first run five wickets in only his second Test
It was hoped he could play T20 cricket for England before the end of the season, but the latest injury has ended any prospect of that.
A statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board read: “After being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lower back, England and Sussex Couturier Jofra Archer has been ruled out for the remainder of the season.
“No time frame has been set for his return. A management plan will be determined after further specialist advice in the coming days.”
He is the third England bowler to be diagnosed with a stress fracture in the past week, with Lancashire’s Saqib Mahmood and Yorkshire’s Matthew Fisher both receiving similar news.
The Barbados-born speedy enjoyed a sensational start to his England career after becoming eligible in 2019, immediately taking a pivotal role in the one-day team’s World Cup-winning campaign and delivering the super-tense who sealed the trophy.
He then proved his skills with the red ball, making an unforgettable Test debut at Lord’s in the Ashes. During that game, he unleashed a fearsome hostile spell against Steve Smith which saw the Aussie striker become the first player to be substituted under concussion protocols.
But he has made just 12 more Test appearances since then, with his elbow problems repeatedly forcing him to retire. England initially attempted to treat the joint with injections, but eventually admitted surgery would be required.
He missed a T20 World Cup and an Ashes tour this winter but was optimistic the worst was behind him. Write for the Daily Mail earlier this month, Archer said: “In a situation like this, when you’re forced to have operations, you wonder if you’re going to play cricket again, if you’re even going to play all the formats.
“At one point I thought I was going to lose my contract when things weren’t going well, but now I’m confident in what the future holds. Yes, there were two operations, but honestly, I couldn’t have written my return to rehab will be any better.”