Jofra Archer will miss all cricket for the rest of 2021, sitting out the upcoming T20 World Cup and Ashes tour with a stress fracture in his elbow.
In a huge blow to England’s preparations for both the World Cup and the Test series, Archer will take an extended break from the game and his injury will be re-evaluated in the autumn ahead of next year’s fixtures.
Archer has already not played for England since March, having an operation on his right elbow in May.
An England spokesperson said: ‘The England and Wales Cricket Board can confirm that England fast bowler 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.
‘In response to these findings, he has been ruled out for the rest of the year and will miss the current LV Insurance 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 [was] 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 T20 World Cup runs from 17 October to 14 November in the UAE, with the first Test of the Ashes series getting underway on 8 December.
Alastair Cook told BBC’s Test Match Special: ‘It’s huge news and very worrying for him.
‘England had those best laid plans of rest, rotation and preparation to make sure these guys will be fit to get on the plane to Australia with a battery of fast bowlers.’
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