England’s ace pacer Jofra Archer‘s struggle with injuries continued as more elbow concerns meant that he was ruled out of his side’s upcoming two-match Test series against New Zealand. Archer had recently returned to cricketing action as he played for Sussex in the English County Championship. However, he reportedly complained of pain in his right elbow during a match and did not bowl after that.
The Test series between England and New Zealand begins on the 2nd of June and it will serve as preparation for the Black Caps ahead of their World Test Championship (WTC) final against India. Meanwhile, England will play a five-match series after the WTC final in August against India as well, meaning that it is set to be a long Test season in England.
ECB release statement on Jofra Archer’s injury
The England and Wales Cricket Board released a statement today on Jofra Archer’s injury as they said, “England and Sussex seamer Jofra Archer has been ruled out of the LV= Insurance Test Series against New Zealand starting next month. 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,” the statement added.
It is noteworthy that Archer has been suffering with injury problems for quite some time now. He was ruled out of England’s ODI series against India. He was then out of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) as well due to a surgical procedure that he had to undergo. England would want to have him back for the hugely important series over India.