Elbow concern rules out Jofra Archer of New Zealand Tests, IPL 2021 stint in doubt
Jofra Archer is an English pacer who represents England across formats, besides playing for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. However, he has been highly injury-prone of late and his competitive future for the year has been put in doubt.
Prolific English pacer Jofra Archer’s bid to return to international cricket has been dealt with another blow after he was ruled out of England’s upcoming home Test series against New Zealand, starting June 2. His disturbing right elbow has once again been the reason for the same, while he is likely to undergo surgery to get it treated.
Archer had undergone surgery on his right middle finger to get a piece of glass removed as he had cut his finger while cleaning a fish tank at his home earlier this year. Owing to the same, he had missed out on the One-Day Internationals against England and the 2021 Indian Premier League for Rajasthan Royals.
Although he made his return to competitive cricket, playing for Sussex in the County Championship and claiming a couple of wickets in two matches, his elbow seems to be troubling him. “England and Sussex seamer Jofra Archer has been ruled out of the LV= Insurance Test Series against New Zealand starting next month,” said England and Wales Cricket Board in a statement.
“Archer, who returned to action for Sussex in the LV= Insurance County Championship against Kent this week at Hove, only bowled five overs in Kent’s second innings. He was suffering from pain in his right elbow when bowling and was unable to bowl in the final two days of the match. The England and Sussex medical teams will now seek guidance, and Archer will see a medical consultant later this week to determine the next course of action on the management of his elbow,” it added.
Meanwhile, surgery on his elbow is being contemplated as the next course of action. However, it certainly puts his IPL 2021 future in doubt, which currently stands suspended and can be played sometime later this year. He has been sensational for RR, claiming 46 wickets in 35 matches at an economy of 7.13.
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