In a much-anticipated development for cricket fans around the world, star England pacer Jofra Archer is on the path to recovery and is expected to make a triumphant return just in time for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. Archer, who last appeared in action for the Mumbai Indians during IPL 2023, has been sidelined since May as he diligently works towards reclaiming his peak form.
The 27-year-old speedster had experienced a prolonged absence from the cricketing scene, grappling with a recurring elbow injury that kept him out of the game for nearly two years. However, earlier this year, Archer showcased his mettle by making a comeback to white-ball cricket for England, featuring in a few games in the IPL. Unfortunately, persistent issues with his elbow forced him to once again take a backseat from the game.
Nevertheless, the latest updates provide an encouraging outlook for the England cricket team, as Sussex coach Paul Farbrace confirmed that Archer is currently on track to regain full fitness in time for the much-anticipated World Cup. Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Farbrace conveyed his optimism, stating, “He’s going well. I think he is on course for the World Cup, which is fantastic news. He is going nicely. I think England will need to work out how to get the best out of him over the next few years if he is to go to that next Ashes series.”
Archer’s absence from the Test arena dates back to February 2021, and upon his return to the game, England’s management decided to carefully manage his workload by utilizing him predominantly in white-ball matches. The fast bowler represented England in ODIs against South Africa and both ODIs and T20Is against Bangladesh, exhibiting glimpses of his previous lethal form. Nonetheless, minor injuries and setbacks hindered his progress, limiting his IPL stint to just five games for the Mumbai Indians. During his brief IPL appearance, Archer claimed only two wickets at an economy rate of 9.5, indicating that he was yet to regain his full potential.
In the lead-up to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, Archer will miss out on participating in The Hundred and the upcoming home white-ball series. However, this sacrifice is in pursuit of regaining complete fitness and showcasing his best performance on the grand stage of the World Cup.
As fans eagerly anticipate the return of the man who bowled the iconic super over during the 2019 World Cup final, Archer’s imminent comeback adds to England’s strength and depth in the bowling department. With 21 ODIs and 15 T20Is already under his belt for England, Archer’s presence is expected to bolster the team’s chances in the prestigious tournament.
As the World Cup draws closer, the cricketing world holds its breath, eagerly awaiting the return of this phenomenal fast bowler. England fans hope that Jofra Archer can once again display his bowling prowess and play a crucial role in bringing glory to the nation.