England paceman Jofra Archer has returned home from the IPL with an injury, putting his hopes of playing in the Ashes this summer in jeopardy.
Archer, whose recovery and health are being closely monitored by the ECB, will return home to focus on his rehabilitation.
Mumbai Indians announced on Tuesday morning that England team-mate Chris Jordan will replace Archer, who withdrew from the IPL last month to have a minor procedure in Belgium on his right elbow.
The Indian Premier League outfit tweeted: “Chris Jordan will join the MI squad for the rest of the season. Chris replaces Jofra Archer, whose recovery and fitness continues to be monitored by the ECB. Jofra will return home to focus on his rehabilitation.”
Archer has not played a Test since March 2021 and only returned to international cricket earlier this year after nearly two years out, due to elbow and back injuries.
Gayle: ‘Fantastic’ England need ‘express’ Archer in their Ashes side
West Indies legend Chris Gayle says that even though England are playing good, aggressive cricket they still need ‘express’ Archer in their Ashes side this summer.
There is hope that Archer will play a key part in this summer’s Ashes series, which starts on June 16 at Edgbaston, live on Sky Sports.
Referring to Archer’s injuries, Gayle said Sky Sports: “It’s sad to see. He’s been out for a long time but it’s good to see him back on the field.
“He missed some IPL games. England needs him; world cricket also needs him. We need an express, entertainment from a fast bowler. I wish him well.”
Backed by Jofra Archer with ‘massive’ impact
England manager Rob Key has predicted Archer will have a “huge impact” this summer.
“We’ll be picking for the Ireland Test, so hopefully he’ll be available for selection for that, at this point I think he will be,” Key said speaking at the Bob Willis Fund golf day earlier this month.
“We expect Jofra to be a big part of that, and I think Jofra will at some point have a big impact on Abo.”
When is The Ashes?
Stokes will lead England for the first time in an Ashes series, with the hosts looking to reclaim the urn for the first time since 2015, and – after the four-day Test against Ireland – it all starts at Edgbaston on June 16.
The series moves to Lord’s (June 28-July 2) and Headingley (July 6-10), the scene of Stokes’ 2019 heroics, before concluding at Emirates Old Trafford (July 19-23) and The Kia Oval (July 27). -31).
Watch every match from the men’s and women’s Ashes live on Sky Sports. You can also follow videos and over-by-over text commentary on Sky Sports’ digital platforms. Live coverage of the first Test will be live from June 16-20 on Sky Sports Cricket.