ECB confirm England bowler Archer will miss the rest of the season
England fast bowler Jofra Archer will miss the rest of the season after suffering a stress fracture in his lower back.
Paceman Archer has not played for England since March 2021, in a T20I against India in Ahmedabad.
The 27-year-old has only featured four times since for his county Sussex, last playing in July last year.
He underwent surgery in May on a long-standing elbow problem, and needed a second operation to try and fix the issue in December, having missed the T20 World Cup and the Ashes.
That was expected to keep him out until June, though Archer had hoped to return to action for Sussex in the T20 Blast later this month. However, he failed to feature in second-team warm-up matches and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has now confirmed the seamer is facing another long spell on the sidelines.
"After being diagnosed with a stress fracture to the lower back, England and Sussex seamer Jofra Archer has been ruled out for the rest of the season," a statement from the ECB read.
"No timeframe has been set for his return. A management plan will be determined following further specialist opinion over the coming days."
News of Archer's injury is a fresh blow for England, who are without a host of fast bowlers for the first Test against New Zealand in June.
Ben Stokes, who has replaced Joe Root as captain, is unable to call on Chris Woakes, Ollie Robinson, Sam Curran, Mark Wood, Olly Stone, Matthew Fisher or Saqib Mahmood, who like Archer has a stress fracture in his lower back and will not play again this season.