Joffre Archer (Getty Images)
Pace-cauldron Joffre Archer miss the rest of the season due to a stressful back fracture, English cricket executives announced Thursday.
The 27-year-old, who has not competed since July last year, was absent from the T20 World Cup and missed Esch’s next tour of Australia due to an elbow injury.
“After being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lower back, England and Sussex driver Joffre Archer has been ruled out until the end of the season,” the England and Wales Cricket Board said in a statement.
“No deadline has been set for his return. The management plan will be determined based on the results of further expert opinion in the coming days.”
The Barbadian-born Archer, who has competed in 13 tests, 17 one-day international competitions and 12 T20s for England, underwent a second elbow operation in December to eliminate a stress fracture.
Thursday’s announcement will lead to a new debate over whether Archer can play balls again at the fast speed that makes him such a dangerous weapon.
He broke into the international arena, leading the attack of England during their triumph at the 2019 World Cup in his native land, and also starred in the next series Ashes against Australia.
Archer, who is also a leading cricketer in the global Twenty20 franchise, wrote earlier this month in his Daily Mail column that he was in a “dark spot last summer” while on the sidelines due to an elbow injury.
“Going to a dark place last summer after the first operation, I can understand why, when people are not in a good position in such situations, they sometimes have a downward spiral in terms of mental health,” he explained.
“In this situation, it is natural for anyone to worry about the future.”
England begins a busy international home season with a three-match test series against New Zealand on 2 June.