After scans confirmed a stress fracture in his right elbow, England fast bowler Jofra Archer has been ruled out of the Test series against India, upcoming T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and the Ashes series in Australia for this year.

Archer has been dealing with a right elbow injury for some time, missing matches on the South Africa trip in 2020, the India tour earlier this year, and the Indian Premier League.

The revelation is a huge setback for England’s chances in the Ashes. In Australia, they planned to use an offence that included Archer, Mark Wood, and Ollie Stone in the hopes of taking advantage of the surfaces’ pace and bounce. Stone is also undergoing treatment for a stress fracture in his lower back.

Archer returned to the County Championship for Sussex, only to have his elbow ailment flare again in the second innings. He was ruled out of the home series against New Zealand after failing to bowl on the final two days of the game against Kent.

England’s fast bowler was left out of the Test series against India because he wanted to be healthy for the T20 World Cup and the Ashes. “One thing I am determined about the post-elbow operation is not to rush my comeback because my primary focus is to be playing for England in the Twenty20 World Cup and Ashes later this year,” Archer wrote in his column on Daily Mail in May.

Whatever happens in Archer’s life, he will be remembered as one of England’s greatest cricketers. He was instrumental in their win as the guy who led their attack throughout the 2019 World Cup, including bowling the Super Over in the final. Archer and England appeared to be embarking on an interesting path at the time. This development will raise questions about how much more he has to offer.