Archer suffered a cut to his hand while cleaning at home back in January. © AFP
England fast bowler Jofra Archer will undergo surgery on his right hand following scans and consultant review. This is not the injury which kept him out of the ODI series against India.
The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) revealed that Archer suffered a cut to his hand while cleaning at his home shortly before flying to India in January. The injury was managed by the ECB’s medical team through the tour and it “did not impact his availability,” the ECB further clarified.
The surgery has been scheduled now so that Archer can recover during his planned break for the elbow injury, which actually “deteriorated” during the T20I series and made it “increasingly challenging” for Archer to perform at his best in India.
“Further investigation and a specialist opinion was sought upon his return to the UK and, in conjunction with the ECB medical panel, it has been decided that surgery is the best option to manage his injury in the longer term,” the ECB further said in a release. “Further detail will be provided in due course.”
Earlier, head coach Chris Silverwood had said that the England medical team will make a decision about Archer’s availability for the latter stages of the IPL (April 9 to May 30), but a surgery could make things more complicated for the pacer. England have a busy year going forward, which includes Tests against seven Tests New Zealand and India at home this summer before the T20 World Cup in India. They will also play an Ashes series in Australia towards the end of the year.