England star pacer Jofra Archer is likely to return to action this week for the first time since undergoing elbow surgery. Jofra Archer could feature for the Sussex in their T20 Blast fixture on Friday against Hampshire in Southampton. The right-arm fast bowler last played professional cricket back in March, featuring in T20I series in India.
Jofra Archer had to undergo elbow surgery that resurfaced during the India tour, leading him to miss the ODI series and IPL 2021. The Barbadian also suggested he could miss the five-Test series at home against India to be fit for the T20 World Cup and the Ashes. Nevertheless, it seems like Archer’s surgery and recovery process has gone smoothly. He could also earn a spot against India as England set to prevent a second successive series loss at home.
Meanwhile, Sussex are currently in the second spot in the South Group of the T20 Blast with five victories from 12 games. Sussex has conjured only two losses, while five matches have resulted in a washout due to persistent rains. Jofra Archer’s inclusion for Friday’s game against Hampshire would be a massive boost for them. The right-arm paceman could also play The Hundred this summer.
Marnus Labuschagne looking forward to playing against Jofra Archer in the Ashes:
Meanwhile, Australia’s Test batting sensation Marnus Labuschagne seems ready to resume his duel with Jofra Archer in the home Ashes series this summer. The right-handed batsman has had a stellar time in Test cricket since becoming Steve Smith’s concussion substitute during the Lord’s Test of the 2019 Ashes series. Archer welcomed Labuschagne with a bouncer during the second innings of that Test; however, he scored an impressive fifty.
“There are always injuries in sport but I want to be playing against the best so if Archer is fit, I want to be playing against Jofra Archer. Hopefully both teams are fully fit and we can have a really good contest,” Labuschagne said as quoted by Daily Mail.