England paceman Jofra Archer is returning home from the IPL due to injury, putting his hopes of playing in this summer’s Ashes in jeopardy.
Chris Jordan will replace the injured Archer in the Mumbai Indians squad for the rest of the season.
Archer, whose recovery and fitness continues to be monitored by ECB, will return home to focus on his rehabilitation.
Archer hasn’t played a Test since March 2021 and only returned to international cricket earlier this year after an absence of nearly two years, owing to elbow and back injuries.
Gayle: ‘Fantastic’ England need ‘express’ Archer in their Ashes side
West Indies legend Chris Gayle says although England play good, aggressive cricket they still need ‘express’ Archer in their Ashes side this summer.
There is hope that Archer will be able to play an important part in this summer’s Ashes series, which starts on June 16 at Edgbaston, live on Sky Sports.
Discussing Archer’s injury woes, Gayle told 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 a few games in the IPL. England need him; world cricket needs him as well. We need an express, entertainment from a fast bowler. I wish him all the best.”
Key backs Jofra Archer to have ‘massive’ impact
England managing director Rob Key has predicted that Archer will have a “massive impact” this summer.
“We’re going to select for the Ireland Test, so hopefully he’ll be available for selection for that, at this point I’m assuming he will be,” said Key speaking at the Bob Willis Fund golf day earlier this month.
“We expect Jofra to be a massive part of that, and I think Jofra at some point will have a massive impact in the Ashes.”
When is The Ashes?
Stokes will lead England for the first time in an Ashes series, with the hosts looking to regain the urn for the first time since 2015, and – after a four-day Test against Ireland – it will all begin at Edgbaston on June 16.
The series will then move onto Lord’s (June 28-July 2) and Headingley (July 6-10), the scene of Stokes’ 2019 heroics, before finishing 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 across Sky Sports’ digital platforms. Live coverage of the first Test is live from June 16-20 on Sky Sports Cricket.