Jofra Archer opens up on his absence in T20 World Cup and Ashes series
By SMCS - Jan 28, 2022 12:30 pm
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England speedster Jofra Archer has missed the T20 World Cup and the Ashes, as he was recovering from an elbow injury. The pacer has said no timeline exists for his return to international cricket and does not want to rush his recovery process too.

Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer

Notably, he underwent surgery on his elbow, which led him to miss most of England’s games last year. He participated in the tour of India in early 2021 when the injury became worse. That ruled him out of the 14th season of the IPL and after that the T20 World Cup and the Ashes. While speaking to Sportsmail, Archer said that he wanted to play the 2021 T20 World Cup and the Ashes series as well Down Under. He also added that he would have relished bowling in Australia, where pace bowlers had a significant role.

He said: “The hardest two pills I’ve had to swallow were not playing in the Twenty20 World Cup and the Ashes, but other than that, everything has been so good since. Watching the Ashes, I felt like I had let everyone down a little bit, when you see fast bowlers taking 90 per cent of the wickets — but you don’t get injured on purpose. Of course, I want to be part of making this England team a success, but this past year has taught me that you can plan all you want, then something happens to change everything.”

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However, England certainly missed Jofra Archer’s services in the Ashes series, as he would have troubled Australia players. His inclusion might have made the series closer, as England had a rather forgettable Ashes series. Archer, however, has said that physios have advised him against high-intensity training now. The right-arm pace bowler expects to return after five more months to international cricket and wants to take his time to recover.

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Eoin Morgan and Jofra Archer

Archer, who is currently in the West Indies, further added: “Within myself, I know I am not ready yet, but having access to the doctors, the physio and removing the need to go back to England feels like a real plus. I feel like I am stealing time right now. Right now, I can do everything but it’s small step.”

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“I have no idea when I will be playing matches, I am just trying to build up and it’s all about what I can tolerate at any given time. That’s all. I’ve had a few rehabs now, and sometimes it can get to a level where you aggravate your hand, and you have to back off a little bit. I’ve waited long enough so it makes no sense rushing the last bit. I’ve got five months at my disposal, so it will be whenever I’m ready,” Jofra Archer concluded.