Jofra Archer, a fast bowler for England, will miss the forthcoming English summer due to a recurrence of his elbow injury. Before making his return earlier this year during the inaugural edition of the SA20 league, he missed 17 months of cricket. Things were going well until his elbow injury flared up again while playing for Mumbai Indians in the ongoing Indian Premier League.
James Anderson, Jofra’s teammate for England, expressed utter devastation upon receiving the news of his injury. Anderson stated that Jofra had worked extremely hard to return to Test cricket and expressed his optimism that his injury would not keep him out for an extended period of time.
“Jofra endured some difficult years. The discomfort in the forearm persists. I am utterly devastated. I am aware of his extensive efforts to regain his fitness. Now, all I can do is pray it’s not too bad and he can’t actually return. “I hope he returns as soon as possible,” Anderson expressed to Sky Sports.
“When you observe someone struggling with the same type of injury, a recurring injury, I believe it’s prudent to moderate your workload, whether you play one format or two formats. When asked if Jofra should focus on only one format going forward, Anderson responded, “I believe that’s probably the best course of action, but that’s something he will need to discuss with the coaches.”
Anderson is also heartbroken for Olly Stone.
Olly Stone, a pacemaker for England, sustained a hamstring injury that could sideline him for an extended period. The pacer is anticipated to miss multiple matches, if not the entire Ashes 2023 series. Anderson mentioned that Stone was bowling extremely quickly in the county championship and that he is also devastated by Stone’s injury.
He has sustained a number of injuries over the past few years. I actually confronted him at Trent Bridge a few weeks ago, and he bowled faster than anyone I’ve faced in the last few years. “I’m heartbroken for him,” said Anderson.