Not Playing T20 World Cup And Ashes Are Hardest Two Pills I’ve Had To Swallow, Says Jofra Archer

Published - 28 Jan 2022, 02:49 PM | Updated - 28 Jan 2022, 03:03 PM

Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer (Image Credit: Twitter)

Star England speedster Jofra Archer has said that not being able to participate in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and the Ashes 2021-22 are the two hardest pills he has swallowed.

Pacer Archer missed most of the action in 2021 after undergoing surgery on his elbow. Notably, the surgery ruled him out of the Indian Premier League 2021, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and the Ashes 2021-22.

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Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer (Image Credit: Twitter)

Speaking to Sportsmail, England pacer asserted that while watching the Ashes he felt like he had let everyone down. He elaborated:

“The hardest two pills I’ve had to swallow were not playing in the Twenty20 World Cup and the Ashes, but other than that, everything has been so good since.”

“Watching the Ashes, I felt like I had let everyone down a little bit when you see fast bowlers taking 90 per cent of the wickets — but you don’t get injured on purpose.

“Of course, I want to be part of making this England team success, but this past year has taught me that you can plan all you want, then something happens to change everything.”

I know I am not ready yet – Jofra Archer

Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer (Image Credit: Twitter)

Jofra Archer also said that he is aware of the fact that he is not yet ready to make an international comeback. He added that he has waited for a very long time for an international comeback and now he doesn’t want to rush the process.

Within myself, I know I am not ready yet, but having access to the doctors, the physio and removing the need to go back to England feels like a real plus. I feel like I am stealing time right now. Right now, I can do everything but it’s small step.”

Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer. Image Credits: BCCI

I have no idea when I will be playing matches, I am just trying to build up and it’s all about what I can tolerate at any given time. That’s all. I’ve had a few rehabs now, and sometimes it can get to a level where you aggravate your hand, and you have to back off a little bit.

“I’ve waited long enough so it makes no sense rushing the last bit. I’ve got five months at my disposal, so it will be whenever I’m ready.”

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