England speedster Jofra Archer has managed a return to cricket after an injury layoff, scalping two wickets in his first competitive game in over a month and a half.
Appearing for Sussex in a County Championship game against Kent on Thursday, Archer finished with 2-for-29 numbers on his 13 overs, which included wickets Zak Crawley and Kent skipper Bell Drummond, as the 145 tourists were gathered.
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“My physical form is good. I thought I was playing well. I played for the second team (Sussex) last week and it’s good to have confidence in myself and I felt good,” said Archer.
“I played for short periods of time to protect myself 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.”
Archer, whose last appearance was the fifth T20I between India and England on March 20, was battling a hand injury and then underwent surgery to remove a fragment of glass from a tendon in his right hand after attempting to clean his aquarium. wrong.
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The 26-year-old pacemaker suffered the injury at his home in January and the operation was performed while he was still under treatment for a long-term elbow injury.
Injury issues forced Archer to withdraw from the now suspended 2021 IPL.
The current game is Archer’s last chance to prove his fitness ahead of England’s test series against New Zealand, which kicks off on June 2 at Lord’s.