England pacemaker Jofra archer He has said that he will not rush his return as he wants to play the T20 and Ashes World Cup after undergoing elbow surgery. The rhythm bowler will be open to missing out on the test series against India if it means he will be fully fit for the two big assignments of the year.
The England and Wales Cricket Council (ECB) confirmed on Wednesday that Archer underwent surgery to treat his long-standing elbow problems on May 21. Archer will now begin an intensive rehabilitation period working with the ECB and Sussex medical teams. In his column for the Daily Mail, Archer is ready to sit all summer long if he can get into full fitness.
Earlier this year, Archer suffered a cut to his hand while cleaning at his home in January, before flying to India to prepare for the test series. The ECB medical team was able to handle the injury throughout the tour and did not affect their availability. During the operation, a glass shard was removed from his middle finger on his right hand in March. Archer played two tests and all five T20I against India, before being excluded from the ODI series and the 2021 IPL.
Archer returned to national league action for Sussex in the County Championship against Kent last week at Hove, but was only able to throw five overs. He suffered from pain in his right elbow when bowling and was unable to do so in the last two days of the game as a result.
The prolific pacing bowler has also been ruled out of the upcoming two-game test series against New Zealand. England have a fair amount of depth in the bowling department to make up for Archer’s absence in the series against New Zealand and India. His presence will be key in the T-20 World Cup, so giving him enough time to recover from his elbow injury should be a priority for ECB.