England's Jofra Archer said he hopes to be fit for the test series against the West Indies in March after the fast bowler was ruled out https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-cricket-england-archer-idUKKCN2CX0EP of this year's Twenty20 World Cup and the Ashes due to a recurrence of a stress fracture in his right elbow.
Archer underwent an operation in May to remove a bone fragment from his elbow and missed England's two-test series in June against New Zealand, which they lost 1-0.
The 26-year-old was also ruled out of the ongoing five-test series against India, which England are trailing 1-0, with the third test set to begin later on Wednesday.
"The reason I had an operation in May was because I wanted to sort out the problem once and for all. I don't want this thing hanging over me," Archer told the Daily Mail.
"If I do end up with another stress fracture, I may have a different view on things as regards to my future. But for the moment, I'm still only 26 and I think my best years as a test cricketer are ahead of me.
"I'm trying to be cautious about when I make my comeback, but I guess there's a chance I'll be ready in time for England's three-test series against West Indies in the Caribbean in March. But I can't make any promises."
Barbados-born Archer has been plagued by the injury since early 2020 and it kept him out of this year's Indian Premier League.
(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Karishma Singh)