Picture Credit: Twitter

Picture Credit: Twitter

Jofra Archer, the fast bowler who has been plagued by injuries throughout his career, is back in the nets and bowling to England’s batsmen ahead of the ODI World Cup in India. Archer, who last played Tests for England in February 2021, has been recovering from a series of elbow and back problems that required surgery and extensive rehabilitation.

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Archer made a comeback in the 2023 IPL, where he represented Mumbai Indians for the first time after being bought for INR 8 Crore in the mega auction. He impressed with his pace and skill, taking two wickets in five matches, but suffered another setback when he felt discomfort in his elbow and had to fly back home.

Archer was not named in England’s provisional 15-man squad for the World Cup, but national selector Luke Wright said he would be a travelling reserve if he proves his fitness. 

Archer has been bowling in the nets at the Kennington Oval under the supervision of England’s medical staff and coaches. He has also faced some of England’s batsmen, who are part of the ODI squad that is playing seven matches against New Zealand and Ireland before the World Cup.

Archer, who has a British father and was born in Barbados, made his international debut in 2019 and played a key role in England’s maiden World Cup triumph at home. He has taken 42 wickets in 13 Tests, 42 wickets in 21 ODIs, and 18 wickets in 15 T20Is. He has also been a star performer in franchise leagues around the world, especially the IPL and the Big Bash League.