England’s star pacer Jofra Archer has been ruled out of action until next summer after he underwent a second surgery on his injured right elbow recently.
Issuing a statement, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said that the medical procedure had “addressed the long-standing stress fracture of his right elbow”.
“The England and Wales Cricket Board can confirm that fast bowler Jofra Archer underwent a second operation on his injured right elbow on Saturday 11 December in London. The procedure addressed the long-standing stress fracture of his right elbow,” said the statement on Wednesday.
“A return to cricket will be determined in time, but Jofra will not be available for any of England’s remaining Winter series,” added the statement.
The second surgery means that the 26-year-old Barbadian-born cricketer will not go under the hammer in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 mega auction, which is scheduled to be held in January.
Earlier, Archer, along with his England teammate and all-rounder Ben Stokes, had missed the Dubai leg of IPL 2021 for Rajasthan Royals, which had earlier this month decided to let go of both the players ahead of the upcoming mega auctions.
Notably, Archer had last featured in international cricket in the five-match T20I series against India in February, where he had scalped seven wickets at an economy rate of 7.75.
Later, he was forced to miss the entire IPL 2021 season — in India as well as in the UAE — due to a right elbow injury.
The pace bowler was ruled out of cricketing action for rest of the year in May following a recurrence of the stress fracture in his elbow.