Jofra Archer
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As England gears up to defend their title at this year’s ICC World Cup, they have received a huge injury boost. Their star bowler Jofra Archer is all set to make his much-awaited return to international cricket ahead of the marquee event, according to England’s former assistant coach Paul Farbrace.

The right-arm pacer has struggled with several injuries in the last couple of years and has spent the majority of time on the sidelines. He missed the entire season of the IPL last year due to an elbow injury before a stress fracture in his back ruled him out of the home summer season too.

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Jofra Archer finally returned to action in March this year during England’s limited-overs tour of Bangladesh. It was his first game for England since March 2021. The star pacer then made his debut for Mumbai Indians in the IPL too before suffering another injury setback. He could play only five games for Mumbai Indians before a recurrence of the elbow injury ruled him out of the IPL as well as the home season.

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Jofra Archer to return for ICC World Cup 2023:

The latest elbow injury made many believe that it was the end of the road for Jofra Archer as far as his participation in the ICC World Cup 2023 was concerned. However, Farbrace has revealed that the pacer is well set to return to action ahead of the marquee event in India. Farbrace coaches Jofra Archer at County side Sussex.

“He is going well,” Farbrace told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“I think he is on course for the World Cup, which is fantastic news.”

Jofra Archer played a key role in England’s historic triumph at the 2019 World Cup. He had finished the tournament as the third-highest wicket-taker with 20 wickets to his name. The Barbados-born pacer had also bowled the super over against New Zealand in the final.

Farbrace further spoke about Jofra Archer’s future in Test cricket. The pacer has not played a Test for England since he featured against India at Ahmedabad back in 2021.

“He is going nicely,” Farbrace said. “I think England will need to work out how to get the best out of him over the next few years if he is to go to that next Ashes series (in 2025).”

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