Jofra Archer Ruled Out From Two-Test Series Against New Zealand Due To Elbow Injury
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Jofra Archer Ruled Out From Two-Test Series Against New Zealand Due To Elbow Injury

Jofra Archer made his Test debut at Lord’s against Australia last year. (Source: Reuters)
Jofra Archer made his Test debut at Lord’s against Australia last year. (Source: Reuters)

Jofra Archer has been ruled out of next month’s two-match Test series against New Zealand, the England & Wales Cricket Board confirmed on Sunday (May 16). Jofra Archer complained of pain in his right elbow and bowled just five overs for Sussex in the second innings against Kent in the recent round of the County Championship.

This is another setback for the 26-year-old quick, who was forced out of action with hand and elbow troubles since the T20I series in India. Surgery to remove a piece of glass from his hand followed by a rehab program to tend to his long-standing elbow injury had ruled him out of the IPL and the early stages of the County Championship.

Jofra Archer bowled only five overs for Sussex in the second innings against Kent.
Jofra Archer bowled only five overs for Sussex in the second innings against Kent. © Getty

Jofra Archer Ruled Out Of 2 Tests Series Against New Zealand After Missing IPL 2021

He returned to action for Sussex and after claiming two Kent wickets in the first innings, he did not bowl on the final two days of the game.

“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,” said the ECB media release.

Jofra Archer bowled 29.2 overs for Sussex's 2nd XI last week Getty Images
Jofra Archer bowled 29.2 overs for Sussex’s 2nd XI last week Getty Images

Jofra Archer was ruled out of England’s two-Test series against New Zealand, starting at Lord’s on June 2, and may face surgery on his troublesome right elbow after failing to come through this week’s return to the first-class action.

As the MVP in the last IPL in November 2020 playing for Rajasthan Royals, and following a series of hostile displays in the 3-2 series loss in India, Jofra Archer’s value to England’s T20I attack is paramount, especially given that the team will go into the T20 World Cup in October and November as one of the favourites, and seeking to become the first team to hold the 50-over and 20-over titles concurrently.

Jofra Archer Underwent An Operation In Middle Finger Of Right Hand Besides Receiving Treatment On His Elbow

Jofra Archer, who withdrew from IPL 2021 prior to its postponement earlier this month, had undergone a series of cortisone injections to enable him to get through the T20I leg of England’s white-ball tour of India in March.

He also underwent an operation on the middle finger of his right hand while receiving further treatment on his elbow, to remove a splinter of glass following a bizarre incident involving a fish tank. He showed no ill effects following that treatment and has been playing without protection on the affected digit.

Jofra Archer - GETTY IMAGES
Jofra Archer – GETTY IMAGES

After a low-key return to action for Sussex’s second XI against Surrey two weeks ago, Jofra Archer appeared to be returning to his best when he picked up two wickets, including his England Test team-mate Zak Crawley, in a hostile new-ball burst on his return to the County Championship against Kent at Hove this week.

However, he bowled just five overs in Kent’s second innings, and none on the final two days of the match, a situation that appeared to have caused confusion for his Sussex captain Ben Brown on a rain-shortened third day, when he gestured for Jofra Archer to open the bowling but had to turn instead to his team-mate George Garton.