Jofra Archer has been ruled out of the England tour to West Indies slated to be held in January & March after undergoing a second operation on his injured right elbow, the ECB confirmed in its statement.
He underwent a second operation in London on December 11 to “address the long-standing stress fracture of his right elbow,” the ECB said on Tuesday.
“A return to cricket will be determined in time. But Jofra will not be available for any of England’s remaining winter series”, ECB added in its statement.
Jofra Archer has been out of action since March after sustaining a stress fracture in his right elbow. He underwent first surgery in May after an attempted comeback for the Sussex club. Furthermore scans revealed that he had suffered a recurrence of the injury with ECB ruling him out of the T20 World Cup & Ashes.
Earlier Archer has written in a newspaper column that he is hoping for getting fit on time to participate in the three-match test series against West Indies but his latest surgery clearly indicates that he couldn’t participate in any game between March 2021 & June 2022.
The effect of Archer’s absence is clearly visible through England’s poor performances across all formats, followed by their elimination from the T20 World Cup 2021 at the semi-final stage & their struggles in the opening two matches of the ongoing Ashes 2021-2022 series.
Archer’s elbow issues first surfaced at the start of 2020 when he pulled out of the New Year’s Test in Cape Town. The injury continued to hamper him during the tour of India earlier this year as he featured in only two out of the four Tests before flying home, eventually missing the IPL as well.
However, his latest second surgery casts doubts over his participation in the IPL 2022. Even his franchise Rajasthan Royals has excluded him from their retention list of iPL 2022.