England's Archer poised for first-class comeback with Sussex

Fast bowler Jofra Archer has been named in Sussex’s 13-man squad for Thursday’s County Championship match against Kent.

England fast bowler Jofra Archer celebrates during a Test match against West Indies in Southampton, in July, 2020. - AP

England fast bowler Jofra Archer is set to make his return to first-class cricket after he was named in Sussex’s 13-man squad for Thursday’s County Championship match against Kent.

Archer underwent surgery to remove a glass fragment from a tendon on his right hand, an injury he sustained in January when an attempt to clean his fish tank went wrong. He was undergoing treatment for a long-term elbow problem at the time.

The 26-year-old missed the start of the now-suspended Indian Premier League season and the first class game is likely to be Archer’s last chance to prove his fitness ahead of England’s two-Test series against New Zealand next month.

“Any team in world cricket would be excited to name Jofra in their squad for a game. Everybody is aware of his talents,” Sussex coach Ian Salisbury said.

The first Test against New Zealand will be held at Lord’s from June 2-6 before the second Test in Birmingham from June 10.

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