England quick bowler Jofra Archer has been ruled out until the summer of 2022 after having surgery for the second time on an ongoing elbow problem.
Archer’s past 18 months have been blighted with injury, and it seems the problems are going to follow him into the New Year after the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed he would be spending even more time on the sidelines after having surgery this month.
The 26-year-old has not featured in an England shirt since March, where he played in a T20 international match against India, as he bowled four overs and conceded 43 runs for no wicket.
Archer was then ruled out through injury with his elbow and underwent his initial surgery in May, before appearing for his county Sussex in a Championship match against Kent that same month.
The Bridgetown-born bowler has however not featured in first class cricket since, and this wait is set to get even longer after the ECB confirmed he would play no part in England’s winter plans.
In a statement they said: “The England and Wales Cricket Board can confirm that fast bowler 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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Following the Ashes in Australia Joe Root’s team will head to the West Indies in January and February for five T20 internationals.
They will then take on the Windies across three Test matches in March, to cap off their winter tour.
As a result Archer’s return could come in June when England take on New Zealand in three home Test matches at Lords, Trent Bridge and Headingley.
During this time the national team will also send a white ball squad over to the Netherlands for three one day international matches, which could also be marked as the return for the fast bowler.
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