Star England pacer Jofra Archer has been struggling with injuries in the past year. He has been an injury-prone player and has missed tournaments like Indian Premier League and Ashes last year. However, after getting released by Mumbai Indians from the ongoing IPL season, Archer is now set to miss another Ashes series due to an elbow injury.
It has been reported that the right arm pacer is set to miss Ashes 2023 due to a stress fracture in the elbow. It is the third time Archer has sustained an injury, which prompted him to miss England’s 2019-20 tour of South Africa and has emerged to keep him out of the 2021 T20 World Cup and the Ashes in Australia. He then missed the rest of the season due to a stress fracture in his lower back. Archer last played in England in July 2021 and has made a total of four competitive appearances in the country since September 2020.
Rob Key, the ECB’s managing director for men’s cricket, wished Archer a speedy recovery and said that it has been a frustrating period for him. “It has been a frustrating and upsetting period for Jofra Archer. He was making good progress until a recurrence of the elbow injury, which kept him out for an extended period previously. We wish him the best of luck with his recovery. I’m sure we will see Jofra back to his best and winning games for England, whatever the format. Hopefully, sooner rather than later”, he said.
Jonny Bairstow makes his comeback in England Test squad
Ahead of the upcoming Ashes, the England Cricket Board announced a 15-member squad for the one-off Test against Ireland. Star England wicketkeeper-batter Jonny Bairstow makes his comeback in the Test squad after recovering from a triple leg break, will take over the wicketkeeping duties from Ben Foakes, who has been dropped from the squad.
Star pacer James Anderson also made his way into the team despite having a minor niggle he has been selected by the senior selection committee. Mark Wood, who is now on paternity leave while awaiting the birth of his first child, is joined by Stuart Broad, Matthew Potts, Chris Woakes, and Ollie Robinson as other seam options in the squad. Notably, Ollie Pope has also been nominated as vice-captain of the team. He is the first person to hold that position since Ben Stokes was named captain last April.
England’s squad for Ireland tour:
Ben Stokes (Captain), James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope (VC), Matthew Potts, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
Here is how fans react to Jofra Archer’s injury:
Jofra Archer return to cricket after injury was like ? pic.twitter.com/fmagOWlsDt
— KhabriBhai (@RealKhabriBhai) May 16, 2023
Bumrah enjoying this news in Indian counterpart. pic.twitter.com/newWqHVLJT
— Sachin XP (@iSachinXP) May 16, 2023
Mi was hyping this clown injury merchant ?
— Atom (@one8_07) May 16, 2023
Ab world cup bhi mt khel ?
— Aryan45 ?? (@Iconic_Rohit) May 16, 2023
Tell me something that I don't expect Lamo:)
— Ankit Kumar (@AnkitKu20359513) May 16, 2023
Steve Smith laughing in the corner!? pic.twitter.com/s6m7bxtabd
— Yr Samar (@Yrtweets) May 16, 2023
Warner will be happy but then he realises Broad is still there ?
— Troll cricket unlimitedd (@TUnlimitedd) May 16, 2023
Jofra always pic.twitter.com/PcJXR2WWdn
— P a n k a j (@iampkchandel) May 16, 2023
He is going to sign MI's annual contract offer. Mark my words.
— Rishav (@RishavC03) May 16, 2023
In future just tweet when he plays
— Riz Mansoor (@rizmansoor) May 16, 2023
— Sagar Nandal (@SagarNandal14) May 16, 2023
When is he not ruled out?
Tell us something new.
— Mathurji (@Mathurji_0) May 16, 2023
England hv good enough replacement for Archer.
But Archer v Smith would've been treat to watch.
— Pratik Chaubey (@PratikChaubey) May 16, 2023