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Jofra Archer in contention for T20 World Cup 2024

Jofra Archer in contention for T20 World Cup 2024

Jofra Archer is in contention to play in the T20 World Cup 2024 to be held in June in the West Indies and USA, England’s managing director Rob Key confirmed. Archer who hasn’t played for England for more than a year is all set to feature in their upcoming T20I series against Pakistan at home next month.

Archer has struggled a lot with injuries for the last three years now which includes stress fractures. Since March 2021, the pacer has not been actively participating in fixtures for England. He has just featured for England in seven matches & has played for MI in five IPL matches in 2023 where he scalped a couple of wickets.

“Jofra’s been putting in the work with Sussex during their pre-season in India, and he’s been impressing everyone with his pace and skill,” Key shared with Sky Sports. “Now, he’s back in the Caribbean, focusing on some club cricket, all in preparation for the upcoming T20 World Cup. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that he’ll be ready for the Pakistan series, but with Jofra, it’s always a bit uncertain.”

Key Rob emphasized the need of bringing Archer back with cautious approach

Despite the challenges he’s faced, England remains optimistic about Archer’s return to form. Having served as a reserve during last year’s ODI World Cup and receiving a two-year contract from the ECB, there’s belief in his potential. However, Key emphasizes the importance of patience, stating, “We’re prioritizing a gradual approach to ensure his long-term fitness. Rushing him back could risk further setbacks, so it’s crucial to proceed with caution.”

Rob Key has further confirmed that Archer will not be involved in Test cricket in 2024 as they want him to focus only on white ball cricket in 2024. However, the target has been set for 2025 summer for Archer to make his Test return against India

Key outlined the strategy for Jofra’s return, indicating that he’ll be focusing on white-ball cricket during the upcoming summer and winter seasons. The goal is to gradually reintegrate him into Test cricket, with hopes of having him fully prepared for the series against India next summer and the subsequent Ashes series. “We’re taking it step by step to ensure he’s back at his best across all formats,” Key explained.

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