The Ashes 2023 is all set to begging on 16 June to 31 July as both Australia and England will lock horns against each other to earn that prestigious trophy. However, ahead of this series, England are yet to announce the squad. But, on 16 May, the England Cricket Board shared an update on the availability of Jofra Archer.
They announced the squad for the first Test against Ireland. Archer missed the list while many players like Jonny Bairstow, Mark Wood, and Chris Woakes returned to the squad. Archer recently was a part of Mumbai Indians (MI) in the ongoing IPL. He played only five games while taking two wickets, at an economy of 9.5.
“It has been a frustrating and upsetting period for Jofra Archer.” – Rob Key
In the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, he was expected to lead the pace unit of MI. But, due to an injury, he returned back to England. The England Cricket Board (ECB) issued a statement that reads: “Archer has been recovering from right elbow surgery. However, pushing through the discomfort whilst recently playing, hoping it will settle, has proven challenging. Therefore, it has been agreed for him to return to the UK for a period of rest and rehabilitation to give him the best opportunity for a full recovery.” MI also confirmed that and took Chris Jordan as his replacement.
Now, ECB have announced that Archer is set to miss the whole summer for England. ECB Managing Director for England Men’s Cricket, Rob Key, said: “It has been a frustrating and upsetting period for Jofra Archer. He was making good progress until a recurrence of the elbow injury, which kept him out for an extended period previously. We wish him the best of luck with his recovery. I’m sure we will see Jofra back to his best and winning games for England, whatever the format. Hopefully, sooner rather than later.” The star pacer will now go in for rehabilitation with the England and Sussex medical teams to work on his injury management.
Here are the shared tweets:
Ab to Bumrah and Jofra ke bare me aise news sunna routine sa ban gaya hai 😁
— Nikhil Pujari (@nikhilsp27) May 16, 2023
Jofra Archer ruled out of cricket SOON….
— Jainish Patel (@Jainish_Patel18) May 16, 2023
— 𝙋𝙤𝙥𝙖⚡ (@ViratVirus) May 16, 2023
Ye Khelte kam hai or injured jyada hote hai + wo humara bumrah😂
Mi blood for reason
Jaisa Captain waise players
— Lokesh Saini 🚩 (@LokeshViraat18K) May 16, 2023
itna maza kyu aa rha hai… 🎶
— PS. (@smlvprnce) May 16, 2023
Ab world cup bhi mt khel 🤣
— Aryan 45 🇮🇳 (@Iconic_Rohit) May 16, 2023
Bumrah enjoying this news in Indian counterpart. pic.twitter.com/newWqHVLJT
— Sachin XP (@iSachinXP) May 16, 2023
fraud player 🤣🤣
— NighTHawK (@nighthawk2004) May 16, 2023