In what will be a sight for sore England cricket team supporters’ eyes, fast bowling phenomenon Jofra Archer was seen practicing with the national T20 side which is in the West Indies for the five T20I series. Archer has been away from cricket of any kind for 10 months now due to a recurring elbow problem for which he underwent surgery as well.
Archer, who hails from Barbados, has been rehabbing in the Caribbean island for some time and recently linked up with the England T20 squad at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, and practiced with them for some time.
The 26-year-old is still not ready to bowl after having a second surgical procedure on his troublesome right elbow last month. However, he has spent time in the England bubble over the past 48 hours to reacquaint himself with his teammates, having not played international cricket for 10 months.
No Timeline For Jofra Archer’s Return As Of Yet
Archer, whose qualification to play for England was fast-tracked and he played a huge role in England winning their maiden ODI World Cup at home, did fitness work on the outfield while the players here to take on West Indies in a five-match T20 series took part in fielding practice.
He has spent a lot of the winter recuperating at his family home in Barbados. He also took part in running drills on Monday, having bridged into the England bubble not long after the squad’s weekend arrival. He last appeared on the international cricket scene for England against India in March and since then has had two surgeries on his troublesome elbow which at one time threatened his cricket career.
England has already ruled him out of any action before the start of the English domestic season.
Since making his debut for England in 2019, Archer has played 13 Tests, 17 ODIs, and 12 T20I matches for the Three Lions. He has 42, 30, and 14 wickets respectively with a best of 6/45 in Tests, 3/27 in ODIs, and 4/33 in T20I cricket. With the bat, he has 201 runs to his name.
Archer famously felled Steve Smith at Lord’s during the Ashes 2019 resulting in him suffering a concussion and Marnus Labuschagne being introduced as a concussion substitute for the very time in Test history since the rule was introduced.