England’s Jofra Archer returns following elbow injury


England’s Jofra Archer played his first game in over two months as the pacer featured in Sussex’s Vitality Blast clash with Kent on Sunday night.

The 26-year-old had surgery on his right elbow in late May after experiencing pain while playing for Sussex against Kent in the County Championship in May.

Despite playing for first time, Archer revealed he is a month away from full fitness. “I’m still a month away from where I’d like to be, but tonight was a good start,” Archer told BBC Radio Sussex.

“I was playing with a bit of restriction. I’d like to be restriction free in a month.”
Archer recorder figures of 0-20 from three overs in a game Sussex won by four wickets to qualify for the Blast quarter-finals.

It would be interesting to see weather Archer will be in action at some time against India as the five-match Test series starts on August 4.

Archer has played 42 times for England across the formats since making his international debut in May 2019, taking a combined 86 wickets.

However, he was unable to bowl on the final two days of the game and went on to have elbow surgery, with England managing director of men’s cricket Ashley Giles saying at the time he hoped the operation would allow Archer to “do what he loves most, which is bowl 90-plus mph without any pain”.—Agencies

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