England’s fast bowler Jofra Archer, who has been out of action since IPL 2023 due to a recurring elbow injury, is being carefully monitored by the team management with hopes of his return for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024. Despite his injury struggles, Archer’s talent and potential have made him a vital asset to the England team, especially in the T20 format.
The 28-year-old made a brief international comeback in 2023 after a 21-month hiatus but was once again sidelined due to his elbow injury. His rehabilitation has been ongoing, with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) taking a cautious approach to ensure his long-term fitness and availability.
Rob Key, England’s director of cricket, emphasized the team’s focus on managing Archer’s workload and gradual buildup towards the T20 World Cup. “Our plan is the T20 World Cup, building him up slowly. He (Archer) wanted to play in the IPL, but we said not this time. Hopefully, the years he has missed, he can add to the end of his career. He is such a talent,” Key mentioned on the BBC’s ‘Tailenders Podcast.’
Despite his injury setbacks, Archer has shown resilience and determination in his recovery. He traveled with the England squad to India for the ODI World Cup 2023 and later trained with the white-ball team in the Caribbean. His commitment to the sport was evident when he played for his former school side in Barbados, showcasing his eagerness to return to competitive cricket.
Reflecting on Archer’s recent performances, Key expressed his admiration, stating, “I saw him bowl in the Caribbean, and it was like he’d never been away. I don’t want to get back to this thing where he plays and then goes down again.”
Archer’s potential impact on the England team is undeniable, given his impressive record in international cricket. With 13 Tests, 21 ODIs, and 15 T20Is under his belt, Archer has proven himself as a valuable asset with his ability to pick crucial wickets and contribute with the bat when needed. His memorable performance in the Super Over of the 2019 ODI World Cup final further highlights his capabilities under pressure.
As England keeps a close eye on Archer’s progress, his potential return for the T20 World Cup 2024 could significantly bolster the team’s chances in the tournament. Cricket fans around the world will be eager to see the talented bowler back in action, representing England on the global stage once again.