Published On: Thu, Apr 27th, 2023

Jofra Archer’s Elbow Surgery has Cast Doubt on his Availability for the Ashes

Jofra Archer

  • An angry reaction from the England fast bowler following rumors of surgery
  • Since May 2021, Archer has not participated in a match at the first-class level.

After his current absence from the Mumbai Indians of the Indian Premier League, Jofra Archer had a routine procedure performed on his elbow. As a result, additional questions have been raised about his physical capability.

The England pace bowler was out for 3 weeks, skipping four matches in the Indian Premier League with an injury that his mentor, Mark Boucher, referred to as “a tiny niggles.” He returned for Saturday’s loss to Punjab Kings and bowled his entire allotment of four overs while showing no evident indications of discomfort. The injury caused the England pace bowler to miss 4 IPL matches.

It was then reported that Archer had headed to Belgium regarding an operation, which would make this the seventh time in the past 2 years that he has undergone surgery on his right elbow. Archer was once again absent for Tuesday’s loss over Gujarat Titans.

However, Archer’s reaction to the early rumors of his surgery was one of rage. Archer stated on Twitter that it was insane for a piece to be published without his knowledge of the truth and without his permission.

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Whoever the reporter is, you should be ashamed of yourselves. A worrying and troubling moment for a player and you use it for your selfish advantage; people such as you are the source of the issue.

The story has raised more questions about the 28-year-old player’s ability to take part in the next Ashes tournament. Since the county’s Championship match between Kent and Sussex in May 2021, in which Archer delivered 18 overs for a tie, Archer has not participated in a first-class match since that time.

Since then, he has just thrown 98 overs in tournament cricket while Jimmy Anderson has thrown 934.1 overs. During the period of July 2021 to November 2022, he didn’t bowl at all due to a series of elbow injuries, a stress-related fracture within his spine, and an operation to remove a shard of glass from his finger after he crashed an aquarium while cleaning it in the bathtub.

Roger van Riet, a Belgian expert, performed the most recent operation. He was also the surgeon who performed the surgery that ultimately resolved Mark Wood’s long-standing elbow issue a year ago.

The Mumbai Indians currently hold the seventh spot in the IPL standings and are not currently projected to advance to the post-season semifinals.

If they do not place in the final four, their last game will take place on May 21, and after that, Archer will shift his focus onto the Ashes, which will begin on June 16. If they fail to finish among the top four, their last match will have been on May 21.

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According to recent comments made by Paul Farbrace, the coach of Sussex, it is unlikely that Archer would play some first-class matches before then. Off the heels of the Indian Premier League, I believe he is going straight toward the Ashes, said Farbrace.

In the breaks between IPL games, they intend for him to provide some lengthier periods of bowling in order to build up his over total and ensure that he’s match-ready.

Archer expressed his desire to participate in at least any of the 5 Ashes Test matches while England was in a white-ball series with Bangladesh a month ago. He expressed his contentment by stating, “I’ll be delighted if I am able to play even one match this summer.” If I can participate in an additional one, that will be even better.