Jofra Archer admits being with his six dogs in Barbados and ‘shovelling lots of poo’ helped pass the time during his 22-month international lay-off… now the England pace bowler wants to put his injuries behind him by starring in another World Cup
- Jofra Archer has missed 22 months of international cricket through injury
- He is now back in the England setup and wants to make up for lost time
- The pace bowler is keen to play a starring role at the World Cup and in the Ashes
Jofra Archer is targeting a repeat of his annus mirabilis as he makes his return for England later this week.
Archer, 27, is set to play his first international for 22 months on Friday, as the three-match series against South African opens at Mangaung Oval.
However, looking beyond what would be a 43rd cap, he revealed the prospect of replicating his performances of 2019 when he helped England become world champions and lit up the Ashes excited him.
Jofra Archer played a crucial role in England’s 2019 5-over World Cup triumph
Archer is now set to make his first England appearance in 22 months after an injury lay-off
‘Hopefully it can be a repeat of 2019. We’ve got again a 50-over World Cup and an Ashes in the same year so more of the same, please,’ Archer said.
The Sussex fast bowler has been through close to two years of constant rehab, having had two elbow operations and suffering a stress fracture of the back last summer.
‘There’s no reason to look back. I’ve done my time and I’m here now. That’s the most important thing,’ he continued.
‘I’d probably say I’m about 80 per cent. Just some fine-tuning now. Just more discipline more than actual cricket stuff.
Archer played a starring role for England in the 2019 Ashes, taking 22 wickets in the series
Archer has said that being with his dogs in Barbados helped pass the time while he was injured
‘I know whenever I’m fully fit, I don’t think there’s much that can stop me, it’s just a matter of when that was going to be.’
Archer, who bowled the Super Over in England’s World Cup final win over New Zealand and took 22 Australian wickets in four matches to launch his Test career four years ago, admitted the routine of looking after his six dogs in Barbados – ‘shovelling lots of poo’ – had helped pass the time.
He returned to action with eight wickets in five appearances for MI Cape Town in the SA20 and of that spell said: ‘Playing cricket again for the first time a few weeks ago, I’m still riding off that wave of emotions right now. Hopefully in two days it can go up another level.’
Archer has not played for England in any format since a Twenty20 international versus India in Ahmedabad in March 2021.