England pacer Jofra Archer has faced another setback as he is forced to withdraw from the two-match Test series against New Zealand due to an elbow injury. The set series is set to begin on June 2. The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed on Sunday about the unavailability of the fast-bowler for the upcoming Test series at Lord’s after failing to complete last week’s game County Championship. Archer made his return to action during the game between Sussex and Kent. However, Archer was able to bowl just five overs in the second innings as he complained of a soreness in his right elbow.
The 26-year-old is going through a tough time with injuries ever since the T20I series against India in March. Archer had complained about an elbow problem during this series. He has been struggling with injuries, with his elbow issue followed by a bizarre accident requiring surgery to remove the glass from his middle finger and a rehabilitation program that ruled him out of IPL 2021.
As it now stands, the only viable option open for the star bowler is to get surgery done, provided how important he is for his National Team – and not to forget his IPL franchise. If he does go under the knife, then Archer may miss the entire test series against India in July and August. However, England will be hoping that Archer is completely injury-free for the T-20 World Cup in October and Ashes in December.
Jofra Archer is scheduled to consult a specialist next week to find a solution for the troubling elbow injury. Meanwhile, ECB has decided to rest IPL players for the series against New Zealand to give them a break. After suffering defeat against India in the last test series they played, England will be looking to get the better of Kiwis in these two test matches.