Australian cricket fans can breathe a little easier after it was announced England fast bowler Jofra Archer has been ruled out of this summer’s Ashes series due to injury.
The 26-year-old underwent scans on his right elbow last week, which revealed a stress fracture had flared up again.
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In addition to the Ashes, Archer has been ruled out of the Test series against India taking place at the moment, as well as the T20 World Cup — which England has a real shot of winning.
“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 ECB said in a statement confirming the unfortunate injury news.
“The scans revealed that he has suffered a recurrence of a stress fracture of his right elbow.
“In response to these findings, he has been ruled out for the rest of the year and will miss the current Test series against India, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and the Ashes series in Australia.
Jofra Archer’s lightning-quick pace won’t grace Australian shores this summer. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / POOL / AFP)Source:AFP
“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 program, 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 is 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.”
While the news will come as a relief to Australia’s batting line-up, it is a real shame fans won’t get to see Archer send down his thunderbolts on the more pace-friendly pitches in Australia.
Archer’s duel with Steve Smith was a major highlight of the last Ashes series. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)Source:News Regional Media
Archer burst on the scene during the 2019 Ashes series in England, where he memorably knocked out star batsman Steve Smith with a lightning-quick bouncer during his debut at Lords.
Capable of consistently bowling faster than 145 km/h, it was thought Archer was one of the keys for an England squad desperate to win its first Test match and Ashes series on Australian soil since 2011.
Australia claimed a 5-0 whitewash in 2013-14 and swept England 4-0 in 2017-18, before retaining the Ashes in 2019 in a 2-2 series result.
The task of breaking that 10-year drought now appears a lot more difficult for England.
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