Jofra Archer undergoes surgery after bizarre fish tank injury

England fast bowler Jofra Archer has undergone surgery on a cut hand he sustained whilst cleaning at home.

Archer suffered the unfortunate and bizarre injury in January at home, after dropping his fish tank onto his hand.

The 25-year-old was still able to play a vital role during England’s tour of India, playing in all five of the side’s T20I’s as well as two Test matches.

Archer starred in the shorter format, taking career-best T20I figures of 4/33 in the fourth match of the series in Ahmedabad.

He then left the England bio-bubble prior to the ODI series in order to return home for assessment on an ongoing elbow injury.

England announced that Archer would miss the beginning of the Indian Premier League season, although news of his hand surgery could potentially put his participation in the entire tournament in doubt.

Archer was retained by the Rajasthan Royals franchise for the 2021 season. The IPL begins on April 9, with each of the eight teams playing 14 group matches.

Surgeons found a “small fragment of glass” in Archer’s hand tendon

England director of cricket Ashley Giles confirmed to BBC’s Tuffers and Vaughan Show that Archer had undergone surgery earlier in the week.

He also expanded on the unusual circumstances leading to the injury.

Giles said: “This is going to sound like an awful conspiracy and I know what’s going to happen on Twitter straight away when I say this.

“But it’s true, it’s not a conspiracy, it was a fish tank. He was cleaning at home.

“He’s been in surgery today [Monday] and he’s come out of it well.

“They’ve operated and actually I think they found a small fragment of glass still in the tendon.

“So it was the right thing to do, we’ve got a clear window to do it as well, so obviously we wish him the best for his recovery.”

England kick off a blockbuster summer of cricket on June 2. They face New Zealand at Lord’s in the first of two Test matches.

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