London, 27 January 2023 (GNP): Jofra Archer, the fast bowler for the England cricket team, rates himself “about 80%” fit as he prepares for his long-awaited return to the team. Archer has had elbow and back injuries over the last two years, disrupting his career.
However, he recently made a competitive return in South Africa’s Twenty20 league, where he impressed with eight wickets in five matches. Archer is set to make his first England appearance since March 2021 in the three-match ODI series against South Africa, which begins on Friday.
In 2019, Archer played a crucial role in England’s successful campaign in the 50-over World Cup, which was held on home soil. He bowled the super over that helped the team lift the trophy and took 22 wickets in the Ashes series against Australia.
With an Ashes series and World Cup looming this year, Archer is determined to pick up where he left off and is keen to get himself back in the kind of shape that saw him play such a starring role in the 2019 tournaments.
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“Hopefully, it can be a repeat of 2019,” Archer said. “We’ve got a 50-over World Cup again and an Ashes in the same year, so more of the same, please.” He added that he needs to spend the next two, three, or four months fine-tuning his body and making himself more resilient before he can start thinking about holding the red ball in his hand again. “I know whenever I’m fully fit, I don’t think there’s much that can stop me; it’s just a matter of when that was going to be,” Archer said.
A fit and in-form Archer would significantly boost England’s World Cup title defence and their bid to win the Ashes for the first time since 2015. “It is an exciting prospect to think about playing with the guys again, especially with the brand of cricket they are playing, which is very exciting,” Archer added. He also mentioned that he might have to do extra bowling during the weeks he’s in India for the Indian Premier League. “But that is fine because I want to play in the Ashes, so I’m going to have to do all the hard yards to