The England and Wales Cricket Board announced that fast bowler Jofra Archer has undergone a second operation on his injured right elbow and will be out until next summer. The England paceman had surgery on December 11 in London, and his absence is being felt throughout the current Ashes series. “The treatment treated his right elbow’s long-standing stress fracture,” the ECB stated in a statement.

Archer, who is 26 years old, hasn’t played at the highest level in nine months. In March, he was ruled out of a Test series against the West Indies. Archer underwent elbow surgery in May after withdrawing from the Indian Premier League and experiencing elbow soreness while bowling for Sussex in an English County Championship match. In other news, Paul Collingwood will take over as England’s head coach during their T20I series against the West Indies next month, replacing Chris Silverwood.

Collingwood, one of England’s assistant coaches, accompanied the national squad to the T20 World Cup and then the Ashes, but returned to the UK last week. He’ll spend Christmas at home before heading to Barbados in mid-January for a five-match T20I series.

Over the last 18 months, England’s head coach, Chris Silverwood, has taken a series off to relieve his strain despite a demanding international calendar. In 2020, Collingwood filled in for Graham Thorpe for the ODI series against Ireland, while Graham Thorpe led the T20I series against Pakistan later that summer.