England National Cricket Team Test captain Ben Stokes has said that he is delighted to see star pacer Jofra Archer finally recover and make a return to cricket.
Jofra Archer was struggling with elbow and back issues that had kept him out of action for an extended period of time. On Thursday, Archer stated that he was “fully back” from his long injury lay-off. He also bowled in the intra-squad match ahead of the England tour of Pakistan 2022, which consists of three Test matches.
The three-match Test series is all set to be played from December 1 to 5 in Rawalpindi, from December 9 to 13 in Multan and from December 17 to 21 in Karachi.
Meanwhile, Stokes said that Archer, who is “one of the superstars of the international game”, is finally back and it felt great to see him bowl again.
“He’s one of the superstars of the international game and it’s great to see him running back in, bowling fast and it’s really good to have him back around the group as well,” Stokes told English broadcaster Sky Sports.
I think he’s just really excited to be back – Ben Stokes
Stokes added that Jofra Archer is very excited to return to action and mentioned that England team management shouldn’t rush him back into international cricket.
“I think he’s just really excited to be back. He’s obviously had a long time off with injury and as exciting as it is we’ve got to be careful not to rush him back as we don’t want to see Jofra Archer on the sidelines for this amount of (time) again,” he added.
The England Test captain was hopeful of having a fully-fit Archer in the squad for next year’s Ashes series.
“That’s the plan, hopefully, we can have Jofra fit and ready especially for the Ashes,” Stokes gave his timeline.