Unfortunate times continue for England fast bowler Jofra Archer as he has been declared injured for the rest of the season. The 27-year-old suffered a stress fracture in the lower back area and has no timeframe for his return. The England and Wales cricket board released a statement about the injury.
The statement said, “After being diagnosed with a stress fracture to the lower back, England and Sussex seamer Jofra Archer has been ruled out for the rest of the season. No timeframe has been set for his return. A management plan will be determined following further specialist opinion over the coming days.”
Archer’s injury will be a setback to England cricket as they are making big changes in the leadership roles around the organisation. The ECB recently announced their new white ball coach, Matthew Mott. The 48-year-old was the former coach of the Australian Women’s cricket team and will start his campaign against the Netherlands next month.
Addressing his new role, Mott said, “I am delighted to accept the opportunity to take this white-ball role with England. Whilst I am Australian, I have deep connections, and several of my closest friends are in the UK, having spent considerable time in Scotland, Wales and England, both as a player and coach.”
“When this role became available, I was attracted by the chance to work with such an established and successful team under the astute leadership of Eoin Morgan and now Rob Key, whom I have always admired as an excellent cricket mind,” he added.
Mott also addressed his excitement about working with Brendon McCullum who is the red-ball coach. He said, “The idea of the split roles and the chance to work alongside Brendon McCullum in his red-ball role is an opportunity that I am incredibly enthusiastic about and certainly provides the right balance for my family as we embark on this exciting journey.”
However, he feels that it is the right time to help the England Men’s ODI and T20 group continue to evolve as one of the best teams in the world.