Injured Archer out of Ashes in big blow for England
England fast bowler Jofra Archer has been ruled out of the Ashes in a massive blow for the hosts.
Archer, who will be out for "the rest of the summer", spent 17 months on the sidelines following elbow and back injuries before returning to international cricket in January.
The 28-year-old played five matches for Mumbai Indians before the nagging injury ended his Indian Premier League stint last week.
He was seen as a key figure in ruffling Australian feathers, as he did during his Test debut at Lord's in 2019 when an unforgettable duel with Steve Smith left the batter concussed by an unplayable bouncer.
A statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board read: "Sussex fast bowler Jofra Archer has been ruled out for the rest of the summer after recent scans revealed he has sustained a recurrence of a stress fracture to his right elbow.
"He will now spend time with the England and Sussex medical teams, who will work on his injury management."
I'm sure we will see Jofra back to his best and winning games for England, whatever the format. Hopefully, sooner rather than later."
Director of men's cricket Rob Key, who heads up selection, made it clear he had no concerns around the player's desire to succeed with the red ball.
"Sometimes you get the feeling that people think he's going to go down the white-ball road and he's not going to be interested in Test cricket, that there's other things on his mind that come first.
"That's absolutely not the case," he said.
"He is desperate to play all forms of cricket. He's been desperate to play Test cricket as well and I hope that he gets the chance to do that.
"But at the moment, all cricket's been too much for his body to cope with and we need to get past that. You just hope that down the line he will overcome this, that body will get robust enough to be able to deal with the rigours of everything. I wouldn't sit here now and rule anything out."
Meawhile, a fit-again Jonny Bairstow has returned to the Test squad for the one-off match against Ireland next month.
Bairstow returned to the side after a freak golf injury in September that kept him out of the T20 World Cup in Australia.
Wicketkeeper Ben Foakes was dropped to accommodate Bairstow for the four-day contest against Ireland at Lord's from June 1.
"It was a seriously tough decision to leave Ben Foakes out of the squad," Key said.
"He has been excellent for England in the last year, but Jonny Bairstow is one of the best players in the world whose performances last summer epitomised what we are about."
Warwickshire seamer Chris Woakes returns to the test squad for the first time since March 2022, while Durham fast bowler Mark Wood is also back after skipping the tour of New Zealand.
The injuries suffered recently by skipper Ben Stokes (left knee) and seamer James Anderson (groin) did not appear serious, with both being named in the squad.
The Ashes series against Australia begins at Edgbaston on June 16.
England squad: Ben Stokes (capt), James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Matthew Potts, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.