England pacer Jofra Archer is all set to make a comeback into county cricket after being named in a 13-man squad for the County Championship. The Barbadian born was ruled out of the Indian Premier League as he has been suffering from an elbow issue for quite a long time. In March, Jofra Archer had headed back home just before the ODI series against India due to an elbow injury. The 25-year-old featured in two Tests and all five T20Is in India. However, he was ruled out of the ODI series because of a problem with his right elbow, which deteriorated during the two-month tour. The all-rounder underwent a successful finger surgery to remove a piece of glass that was stuck in his finger.
This is going to be Jofra Archer's first appearance in the County Championship since September 2018. The pacer will continue his return to fitness by representing Sussex in the County Championship this week. Archer has scalped 178 wickets, at an average of 26.76, in 42 First-Class games. To date, Jofra Archer has played 12 Tests, 17 ODIs and 7 T20Is for England. The young player has bloomed in Test and ODI cricket so far. He has also scalped three five-wicket hauls in Test cricket. Talking about the purest format of the game, Archer made his debut during the Ashes 2019. He has picked up 41 wickets at an economy of 2.97.
ECB is anticipated to announce the squad for the New Zealand Test
Jofra Archer made his international debut in 2019 before the One Day World Cup in England. Eoin Morgan and the team were keen to have his services ahead of the mega event to launch him fresh against the opposition. It did work out as the 25-year-old defended the runs in the second Super Over in the final. Since then, the Barbadian fast bowler is a part of the national side across all the formats.
The 26-year-old seamer was England's leading wicket-taker at the 2019 World Cup. This helped the Three Lions grab their maiden 50-over World Cup trophy. Jofra Archer had taken Test cricket by storm with his brilliant performance in Ashes, following the World Cup. The ECB is anticipated to announce the squad for the New Zealand Test by next week. However, Ashley Giles, the managing director of England men's cricket, has indicated that the entire team will then enter a bubble during the round of Championship fixtures starting May 27.