Archer cautious after return

19 July 2021 20:48:42 GMTPlus10

Paceman Jofra Archer says he expects to be fully fit in a month's time, having made his return from injury for Sussex in the T20 Blast on Sunday.

The England fast bowler helped his county reach the quarter-finals of the Blast and they are 3.60 to lift the trophy, while Archer is also part of the Southern Brave squad who are 3.60 to win The Hundred, which starts on Thursday.

I'm still a month away from where I'd like to be.

Jofra Archer

Archer conceded 20 runs in three wicketless overs in Sussex's T20 Blast win over Kent and he accepts it will take time for him to hit top form following a long injury lay-off.

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The paceman underwent surgery on his right elbow in May, but he still has an exciting 2021 ahead of him in both domestic and international cricket.

As well as Sussex's Blast quarter-final against Yorkshire and the inaugural edition of The Hundred, Archer will be aiming to play a key role for England in October's Twenty20 World Cup and the winter Ashes tour of Australia.

He was part of the side who won the 50-over World Cup in 2019 and has played 13 Test matches, 17 one-day internationals and 12 T20 games for England.

Speaking to BBC Radio Sussex on Sunday, Archer said: "I'm still a month away from where I'd like to be, but this was a good start. I was playing with a bit of restriction. I'd like to be restriction-free in a month.

"The plan was to play (then) I'll spend the next few days deciding what's next. We're going to see how much I can tolerate. Today was a tick. I'm happy with that."

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