Ace England pacer bowler Jofra Archer, who has been out of commission since March 2021, is reportedly set to make his comeback to the side in 2023. Archer last played in limited-overs matches when England toured India in 2021, but since then has missed lots of important cricketing events.
He missed the 2021 T20 World Cup and is set to miss the 2022 T20 World Cup as well, apart form missing the Ashes 2022 in which England was dominated 0-4 by Australia down under. A string of injuries kept him on the sidelines for a long time but now he is said to have resumed bowling.
He suffered from a stress fracture of the elbow before suffering a stress fracture of the back. He was slated to make his comeback last year but then his back injury meant that he was ruled out for a further period. He was seen bowling with the England side when they toured the Caribbean previously.
Jofra Archer Set To Make Comeback In ODI Series Against South Africa In 2023
Now as per reports of the Telegraph, fast bowler Jofra Archer could mark his return on the field against the Proteas in the bilateral series in January next year. South Africa and England will play a total of 3 ODIs between January 27 and February 01. What’s interesting to see is that those matches will be held while the South Africa T20 league will be underway.
Furthermore, the report has suggested that Archer will join the England Test squad for a Test series against Pakistan, but is not likely to play any matches and will only be there to train with the squad.
Not only will England be happy at the news of Jofra Archer returning, but the fans and management of the Mumbai Indians will be elated, who had bought the pacer in IPL 2022 auction for a whopping INR 8 crores, despite knowing that Archer will not play in the IPL 2022 season.
With the IPL 2023 season expected to start in March or April next year, Archer could be in line for his first IPL participation in the Mumbai Indians colors. But, his return to the T20 league would depend highly on his performance for England in the matches before the start of the franchise competition.
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