Jofra Archer will not play for England until at least JUNE

Jofra Archer will not play for England until at least JUNE after another setback to his elbow issue that required surgery as the 95mph bowler faces a 15-month gap between international games

  • Jofra Archer won’t return to international cricket until at least June next year
  • England fast bowler suffered another setback to his troublesome elbow issue
  • Archer, 26, underwent a second operation on a stress fracture this month
  • He had been hoping to return for the T20 series with West Indies in January
  • But now he is facing a 15-month gap between England appearances  

Jofra Archer will not play for England until next June at the earliest following another setback with his troublesome right elbow.

Archer, 26, recently underwent a second operation to address the long-standing stress fracture in the joint.

A statement from the ECB read: ‘A return to cricket will be determined in time, but Jofra will not be available for any of England’s remaining winter series.’

Jofra Archer has suffered a further setback in his return from a stress fracture in his elbow and isn’t likely to play cricket for England again until June

Archer hasn’t played for England since the Twenty20 series in India back in March this year

Although the Sussex fast bowler refused to set a return date, he had privately hoped to feature in the five Twenty20 internationals in Barbados, the country of his birth, next month.

But regular scans on his injury showed up an issue in early December and it was decided that a second surgery was required on the 11th of the month.

Archer suffered another stress fracture in his right elbow in late summer and had been advised to rest indefinitely in a bid to cure the problem.

The 2019 World Cup-winning star’s rehabilitation from the first operation did not go to plan and it left him to digest the devastating news that a recurrence of an injury which first surfaced early last year on tour in South Africa would keep him out of what promised to be twin peaks of his career in the T20 World Cup and Ashes.

The 95mph bowler did play for Sussex in the County Championship in May before injury

He was subsequently advised by specialists to rest to allow the fracture to heal and was set to remain on the sidelines until 2022.

However, a review of the situation led to a decision to operate one more.

The first medical procedure on May 21, to remove a bone fragment from the Sussex fast bowler’s elbow, was unrelated to the historic stress fracture, the ECB said.

Archer’s loss has been keenly felt by England across both the game’s shortest and longest international formats: he is arguably the world’s best white-ball fast bowler, claiming the Indian Premier League’s MVP award in 2020 despite playing for a struggling Rajasthan Royals team, while his pace and bounce would have provided Joe Root’s Test team with some attacking X factor in Australian conditions.

England’s bowling issues during the ongoing Ashes series highlight how keen they will be to get Archer fit again for the summer 

They had to do without him for both major assignments, and his gap between internationals will now stretch to 15 months.

His most recent cap came on the tour of India in March of this year.

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