Jofra Archer has a second elbow surgery.

Jofra Archer has a second elbow surgery.

After undergoing surgery in London, the fast bowler has been ruled out of the rest of the winter schedule.

After undergoing a second operation on his ailing right elbow, Jofra Archer will miss England’s tours to the Caribbean in January and March.

Archer has not played international cricket since March owing to a stress fracture in his elbow, and after an unsuccessful comeback for Sussex in May, he underwent surgery.

After additional scans confirmed a recurrence of the injury, the ECB announced in August that he would miss the T20 World Cup and the Ashes.

On December 11, he underwent a second operation in London to “correct the long-standing stress fracture of his right elbow,” according to the ECB.

“A return to cricket will be considered in due course,” the statement said, “although Jofra will not be available for England’s remaining winter series.”

Archer’s IPL franchise, Rajasthan Royals, did not retain him ahead of the forthcoming mega-auction, and it is unclear whether he would be fit enough to play in the 2022 season.

Archer had earlier stated in his daily column that he hoped to be ready in time for the three-Test series against the West Indies in March, but due to his current setback, he will not play international cricket between March 2021 and June 2022.

While his latest surgery may cast doubt on his future as an all-format fast bowler, Archer himself underlined the importance of “patience” during an interview with Australia’s Channel 7 during the first Ashes Test, just days before his surgery.

He had stated, “Everything is moving along wonderfully.” “All I have to do now is wait a little longer and be a little more patient since I’m nearly at the end of the journey.”

In any case, England has already felt his absence across forms, following their loss in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup last month and their troubles in the first two Tests of the ongoing Ashes series.

The planned England strategy for winning the Ashes in Australia for the first time in 2010-11 had centred on a battery of 90mph bowlers, with Archer leading the charge, with Mark Wood and Warwickshire’s Olly Stone, who was ruled out before the series began with a back stress fracture.

With just Wood remaining available after being sidelined for this week’s second Test in Adelaide, England is currently 2-0 down with three Tests remaining, and might be on course for their third whitewash in Australia in four tours.

Archer stormed onto the international stage from the moment he qualified to represent England in the spring of 2019, playing a key role in England’s World Cup victory, taking 20 wickets in 23.05 across 11 matches before keeping his nerve in the final against New Zealand at Lord’s.

A month later, at Lord’s, he proclaimed his debut in Test cricket with a remarkable performance that included a blow to Steve Smith’s helmet that led Australia’s star batsman to retire hurt, prompting the format’s first concussion substitution, with Marnus Labuschagne taking his place.

Archer, on the other hand, bowled 44 overs in that match, raising worries about his workload in Test cricket. Three months later, on England’s tour of New Zealand, he bowled another 42 overs in an innings defeat at Mount Maunganui.

Later that winter, he collapsed on the morning of England’s New Year Test against South Africa in Cape Town, due to the first flare-up of his elbow condition.

He recovered to play in four of England’s six Tests against the West Indies and Pakistan in the bio-secure home summer of 2020, missing the second match against the West Indies due to a breach of the teams’ strict bio-secure Covid protocols, and appeared to be back to his best by the winter, when he was named MVP of the 2020 IPL in the United Arab Emirates, with 20 wickets at 18.25 and 6.55 runs per over for Rajasthan.

His difficulties reappeared the following spring during England’s tour of India, where he played two of the four Tests and required a cortisone injection to get through the five-match T20I campaign.

“I just want to get this issue sorted once and for all,” he stated at the time of his initial elbow operation in May. “Too’s why I’m not looking that far ahead or at dates for a return to action.” “I won’t be able to play cricket if I don’t get this right. Period.”