Archer: Hopefully if IPL gets rescheduled, will be able to go again

The 26-year-old had missed the IPL due to an elbow injury that he sustained during England's tour of India.

Jofra Archer of Sussex smiles after dismissing his England teammate Zak Crawley of Kent in Hove, England.   -  GETTY IMAGES

England speedster Jofra Archer is hopeful of returning to India for the now-suspended IPL if the T20 tournament is rescheduled later in the year.

The 26-year-old had missed the IPL due to an elbow injury that he sustained during England's tour of India.

"If I did go to India, I probably would have come home early anyway. Hopefully, if it (IPL) does get rescheduled for this year, I will be able to go again," said Archer.

"It was a hard decision not to go to India. It was really unpredictable, I could have gone, but I don't know how many games I would have played." The IPL was indefinitely suspended last Tuesday after multiple COVID cases inside the bio-bubble.

He made a successful return to cricket from an injury lay-off, scalping two wickets in his first competitive match in more than one and a half months.

Turning out for Sussex in a County Championship game against Kent on Thursday, Archer finished with figures of 2 for 29 from his 13 overs, which included the wickets of Zak Crawley and Kent skipper Bell Drummond, as the tourists were bundled out for 145.

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"My fitness is fine. I thought I bowled okay. I played in the (Sussex) second team last week and it's good to get some confidence and I felt fine," Archer said.

"I bowled in short spells for protection in case we had a long day but it was overcast, which helped a bit. There was a bit of management, but it all worked out."

Archer, whose last appearance was the fifth T20I between India and England on March 20, was struggling with a freak hand injury and later underwent a surgery to remove a glass fragment from a tendon on his right hand after an attempt to clean his fish tank went wrong.

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The 26-year-pacer had sustained the injury at his home in January and the surgery was conducted while he was still undergoing treatment for a long-term elbow injury.

The ongoing match is Archer's last chance to prove his fitness ahead of England's Test series against New Zealand, which starts on June 2 at Lord's.

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