Former English batsman Kevin Pietersen talked about the latest injury of the pacer Jofra Archer where he said that he feels that the 28-year-old’s career with the English team is over.
"I'm gutted for Jofra. Absolutely gutted. I think this will probably end his journey with English cricket,” he said.
Kevin also said that taking the franchise cricket route is the better option for Archer considering his history with injuries, Pietersen wrote on his blog for Betway:
“I know that there are reports around a franchise contract, and that would be the smartest thing for him to do now. Take six months to recover, select a few tournaments to play, and bowl at the speed of light for a few months of the year. He would earn good money and still have a career in the game,” he continued.
The 42-year-old stated that Archer is not to be blamed for his continuous setbacks while also suggesting that the 28-year-old should focus on franchise cricket to make as much money as possible.
“It's no fault of his own, he's just injury prone. As much as he would love to play for England, because I know that's his dream, it's probably finished. He should now just go and cash in as much as he can in franchise cricket. But first of all, get himself fit," he concluded.
Earlier, Archer was ruled out of The Ashes and the summer season of cricket.
Archer, who played 13 Tests, 21 ODIs, and 15 T20Is for England so far, has suffered a recurrence of a stress fracture in his right elbow. The right-arm pacer will not be available to England for the entire season.
He picked up the injury during the ongoing 16th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The pacer could only play five matches for Mumbai Indians this year.
Archer spent 17 months on the sidelines following elbow and back injuries before returning to international cricket in January this year. Following an injury, he underwent a minor operation on his troublesome right elbow last month.