England pacer Jofra Archer to undergo elbow surgery

England pacer Jofra Archer to undergo elbow surgery

England’s bowling coach Jon Lewis opined on Archer’s injury saying that he doesn’t foresee it as a long-term major issue

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Jofra Archer. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

A few days back, Team England was dealt with a massive blow as their ace speedster Jofra Archer was ruled out of the entire two-match Test series against New Zealand, starting from June 2. It is now learned that the speedster is gearing up to miss a significant portion of the English season as his elbow injury has aggravated and he will be undergoing surgery for the same on Friday, May 21. 

2021 isn’t going on an ideal note for the English seamer as his career has been marred with injuries. Archer arrived in India for the four-match Test series followed by five T20 Internationals and three One Day Internationals. However, his elbow injury resurfaced and that prompted him to miss the ODI series. In addition, the 26-year-old had to get a fragment of glass removed from a tendon in his hand. 

Archer sustained an accident at his home in January while cleaning that resulted in the glass piercing in his hand. After undergoing surgery for his hand and taking an injection for the elbow, Jofra resumed cricket in May and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was hoping for the speedster to make a comeback in the English team for the New Zealand series. 

However, Archer experienced a recurrence of pain during his first game back for Sussex. The same was followed by the speedster seeing a specialist on Wednesday and it concluded with the decision that Archer is required to undergo surgery to heal from his elbow injury. Although the ECB is reluctant to put any timeframe on his return, it is understood that England has not given up hope of him playing some part in the Test series against India, which is scheduled to be played in August and September.

I’d expect Jofra Archer to play a lot more international cricket: Jon Lewis

England’s bowling coach Jon Lewis opined on Archer’s injury saying that he doesn’t foresee it as a long-term major issue. The veteran is hoping for Jofra to heal soon and play a lot more international cricket for the English nation. “At the moment, he has a bit of an impingement in his elbow. A lot of fast bowlers get it in their ankle, so it’s comparable but a different part of the body. 

“Put a lot of pressure and flexion through any joint, it will take a bashing. But bowlers come through ankle impingements. I don’t foresee it being a long-term major issue. From what I understand, either short-term or long-term, his elbow will recover. I would expect him to play a lot more international cricket for England. This is just a small blip on his journey,” England’s bowling coach, Jon Lewis, told the Guardian.

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