“Primary focus is playing for England in the Twenty20 World Cup and Ashes” says Jofra Archer
Archer spoke his mind in a column for Daily Mail. Stated that he is willing to miss out on five Test match series against India.
England pacer Jofra Archer wrote at length about his elbow injury, what his primary focus are in the near future and said that he is committed to play for all three formats. Archer spoke his mind in a column for Daily Mail, a British daily newspaper published in London.
“One thing I am determined about post-elbow operation is not to rush my comeback because my primary focus is to be playing for England in the Twenty20 World Cup and Ashes later this year,” Archer wrote in his column. Those are my targets. If I come back before then and manage to play in the home Test series against India — then fine, so be it. If I don’t, I am quite prepared to sit out the summer.”
“The way I am looking at things is that I would rather miss a few weeks of a year so that I have a few more years in my career,” wrote Archer before adding that if his injury doesn’t heal this time he will not play any cricket. “I just want to get this injury sorted once and for all and that’s why I’m not looking that far ahead or at dates for a return to action — because if I don’t get this right, I won’t play any cricket. Period.”
International Cricket Council (ICC) Tweeted an update on Jofra Archer’s surgery on May 26. The Tweet read –
England bowler @JofraArcher successfully underwent a surgery to address his long-standing elbow issues.
His return to bowling will be reviewed by his consultant after four weeks of intensive rehabilitation. pic.twitter.com/hgscoBRX24
— ICC (@ICC) May 26, 2021
The T20 World Cup will be played in October-November and the Ashes series starts from December 8 later in the year.
“I am not going to do myself any good by coming back before I’m fully fit, so I will take my time. The bandages are off and I have spoken to the consultant since, but everything is still very fresh and I remain sore after what was a career-defining moment last Friday,” he added
Archer’s elbow issues were first seen when he pulled out of a Test in Cape Town earlier at the beginning of 2020 and was later diagnosed with a stress fracture. It relapsed in an away tour of India because of which he had returned to England missing the 50 over series and Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.
He got himself operated, returned, and bowled for his County club, Sussex against Kent. Archer felt pain in his elbow and wasn’t bowled again. The England and Wales Cricket Club (ECB) said in a statement that Archer was ruled out of two-Test match series against New Zealand scheduled from 2 to 14 June.
He said he needed to undergo surgery this month since rest and pain-killing injections weren’t working.
“But after playing for Sussex against Kent earlier this month, it wasn’t a difficult decision to go down the surgery route because trying to manage the injury with rest and pain-killing injections clearly wasn’t working,” he wrote.
He said he is ready to play all three formats for England.
“As I stated recently in these pages, I remain committed to playing all three formats for England and to winning big series. But it has been quite a while since I bowled completely pain-free,” he added.
“My hope now is that I’m fit and as effective as the old me in the not-too-distant future so that I can play a key role in the two big events at the end of 2021.”
(with inputs from India TV)