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Jofra Archer laments missing the Ashes and ICC T20 World Cup

by  Neel Ashar  •  Last updated on 2022-01-28 17:59:00


Jofra Archer, an England fast bowler, regrets missing the T20 World Cup and the Ashes while recovering from an elbow injury. The paceman stated that there is no timetable for his international return and that he does not want to push his recuperation.

He had elbow surgery, which caused him to miss the majority of England's games in 2021. When the injury deteriorated, the 26-year-old went on a tour of India in early 2021. As a result, he was ruled out of the IPL's 14th season, as well as the T20 World Cup and the Ashes.

Archer stated that he would like to play in both the T20 World Cup and the Ashes in 2021. He went on to remark that he would have loved bowling in Australia, where seamers played a big part, saying: "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 successful, but this past year has taught me that you can plan all you want, then something happens to change everything."

In the Ashes series, England lacked Archer's services, as he would have plagued Australia's batters. The introduction of the 26-year-old may have brought the series closer, and the tourists could have snatched a win or two. He isn't expected to return until at least the summer of this year in England.

Physiotherapists have cautioned Jofra Archer against high-intensity training, according to him. The right-arm speedster expects to be out of international cricket for another five months and wants to take his time. Archer, who is currently in the Caribbean, continued: "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 a small step."

"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."

The 26-year-old has recently joined England's T20 squad, which is now playing the West Indies in a five-game series. He did some light training and caught up with the English players, according to reports.