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‘That’s the goal’ – Jofra Archer hopes to play 2023 World Cup in India

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England speedster Jofra Archer is aiming to return ahead of next year’s 50+ World Cup in India. However, the 27-year-old, who has suffered multiple injuries, admits he’s still not 100 per cent despite returning to action.

Archer has not played competitive cricket since July 2021 and has not represented his nation since March 2021. The right-arm pacer made an encouraging return for the England Lions’ three-day training match against the England test team.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Archer expressed hope he would get the chance to defend the 50 plus crown for England in 2023. The Barbadian said he would need more time to get back to his best .

“I’m so, so happy to be back and it’s been a great year, we just won the T20, we have the 50-over coming up so hopefully I have a chance to help defend the title. That’s the goal. I still don’t think I’m 100% right now; I still have to do a little more work to get the body back in shape and fit and shoot. But in the short term, being fit is the most important thing.

The pacer was England’s leading wicket taker when they won their first 50+ title on home soil. He has picked up 20 scalps in 11 matches as of 11:05 p.m. It was also the third highest tally in the tournament.

“It’s almost like playing with them again” – Jofra Archer

Archer also expressed his joy at reuniting with his teammates and believes he is on the right track. He added:

“Being back here in Abu Dhabi, in and around the guys, it’s heartwarming, it makes you feel like you’re home again, seeing all the familiar faces, seeing all the boys again. I was happy to have a run-out, especially with the boys. It’s almost like I’m coming back to play with them. I think I’ve done enough for a first run out.

The right-arm pacer will likely mark his return in IPL 2023 as he was retained by Mumbai Indians.

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By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org