England pacer Jofra Archer has been ruled of entire England’s home season this year due to a stress fracture. This is a big blow to the Three Lions who are looking to change their fortunes in Test format. The team has been struggling in the format in the last year as they have won only two games so far. Coming to the pacer, he last played for the Three Lions in March 2021.
The right-arm pacer was hoping to make a comeback with a game for Sussex in the T20 Blast next week. Also, he was planning to play a warm-up game with the second team ahead of their opening game against Glamorgan on May 26. However, he didn’t turn up and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed that the Barbados-born player has been ruled out due to a back injury.
A statement has been released by the ECB which says that no timeframe has been set on the 2019 World Cup winners’ return. It also says that an injury management plan will be framed after consulting with a specialist.
“No timeframe has been set for his return,” a statement read. “A management plan will be determined following further specialist opinion over the coming days.”
On the other hand, the ECB director of cricket, Rob Key has said that Archer’s injury is definitely a concern and the board is trying to find out why this has happened. Key also said that they would like to make sure this doesn’t happen again
“It’s definitely a concern and trying to find out why this is happening is something that we need to look into,” Rob Key said on May 18. “We need to make sure that hopefully, it never happens again. But as you know with all fast bowlers, these unfortunately are the things that do happen – stress fractures in particular.”
Archer was looking like making a comeback in the competitive cricket after a video of him training emerged on social media early this year.