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The England cricket team have been handed a major blow ahead of their two-match Test series against New Zealand at home. Star bowler Jofra Archer, who made a comeback from his injury while playing for Sussex in the County Championship, has now been officially ruled out of the upcoming series against the Kiwis. The pacer had suffered from pain in his right elbow during his comeback match against Kent and could not bowl on the last two days because of the same.

Sussex coach Ian Salisbury had said, "I think there was some confusion over the state of his elbow. Ben thought he was going to bowl but his elbow is sore and so he couldn't bowl. Regarding any other information about his elbow, it's the ECB's job to answer that."

What next for Jofra Archer?

The England pacer had missed the IPL 2021 to completely recover from his elbow injury. Archer looked in good shape as he ended with figures of 2/29 in the first innings against Kent. However, his comeback was cut short after he started to feel the pain on his troublesome right elbow. There is a high possibility that the pacer will have to undergo surgery to completely get rid of the issue.

“The England and Sussex medical teams will now seek guidance, and Archer will see a medical consultant later this week to determine the next course of action on the management of his elbow”, said ECB in an official statement. With England set to play bilateral series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan in June-July followed by a 5-match Test series against India, the fans would be hoping to have Archer back on the field as soon as possible.