England’s already understaffed team has suffered another major blow as Jofra Archer is likely to be absent all summer. Jofra Archer hadn’t found a place in the squad for the first two Tests against India as his recovery was likely to take more time. However, Archer has not reached the required level of fitness and may have another operation.
Jofra Archer had elbow surgery that reappeared during the India tour, resulting in him missing out on the ODI series and the 2021 IPL. The 26-year-old’s recovery seemed to be in place after his appearance for Sussex on the T20 Blast, however, but he revealed that it was a month away from feeling 100 percent fit. Archer also stood ready to represent the Southern Brave in The Hundred and Royal London Cups to build up his workload ahead of the test series.
Unfortunately, the injury to the joint of his bowling game appears to have returned, preventing Archer from taking part in the highly anticipated series of tests against India. The hosts not only have to forego Archer, but also Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes against the second best test team in the world. Woakes’ heel injury kept him out of his leg while Stokes decided to take a permanent break from the sport.
Jofra Archer decisive for the T20 World Cup and the Ashes:
While Jofra Archer has a decent test record, he is an invaluable bowler when it comes to the shortest format. The right arm paceman would be crucial to England’s chances at the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, where he received the man of the tournament for his bowling successes at the IPL 2020. Archer could be a deadly weapon in the fast and bouncy squares of Australia, where England will fight to keep the ashes urn from December onwards.
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