Jofra Archer admitted he was 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 hide his damages by starring in another World cup
- Jofra Archer missed 22 months of international cricket due to injury
- He is now back in the England setup and is keen to make up for lost time
- The pace bowler is keen to play a key role in the World Cup and the Ashes
Jofra Archer will aim to repeat his annus mirabilis when he returns to England later this week.
Archer, 27, is set to play his first international in 22 months on Friday, in the three-match series opener against South Africa at Mangaung Oval.
However, looking beyond what will be a 43rd cap, he revealed the prospect of replicating his performances in 2019 when he helped England become world champions and the Ashes inspired him.
Jofra Archer played a major 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 2019 will repeat it. We’ve got a 50-over World Cup again and an Ashes in the same year so more of the same, please,’ Archer said.
The Sussex fast bowler has gone through nearly two years of ongoing rehab, having had two elbow operations and suffering a stress fracture of the back last summer.
‘There is 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 than the actual cricket stuff.
Archer played a key role for England in the 2019 Ashes, taking 22 wickets in the series
Archer said 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 happens.’
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 nurtured with his six dogs in Barbados – ‘shovelling lots of poo’ – 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 the wave of emotion today . Hopefully within two days it will rise to another level.’
Archer has not played for England in any format since the Twenty20 international against India in Ahmedabad in March 2021.