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Jofra Archer will miss the whole summer of cricket for England

ByMary M. Ward

May 19, 2022

Jofra Archer will miss the entire summer of international cricket for England after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lower back, prolonging the woe of the fast bowler’s injury which sidelined him during the last year.

Archer has been ruled out of the rest of the English season, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Thursday, meaning he will not be available to play until the end of September at the earliest.

The ECB said no deadline has been set for his return, adding: “A management plan will be determined after further specialist advice in the coming days.”

The T20 World Cup kicks off in October in Australia. Archer missed last year’s tournament in the United Arab Emirates.

Archer feared he wouldn’t play after surgery

Archer has not played international cricket since March 2021 or any competitive cricket since May that year, when he underwent the first of two elbow surgeries. The second surgery took place in December, after which the Barbados-born pacemaker said he felt much more confident about a return to action.

He was hoping to play for his English county side, Sussex, this month.

Archer has struggled with fitness since a breakthrough summer with his adopted country England in 2019, when he starred in the team’s Cricket World Cup triumph and then the Ashes.

Given his ability in all formats, there are fears that he has played too much – not just for England, but in the Indian Premier League and the English County game.