Jofra Archer’s Test Cricket Return Delayed Until 2025, Eyes T20 World Cup

England’s pace bowler Jofra Archer will not feature in Test cricket until 2025 due to ongoing recovery from an elbow injury, but he aims to make a comeback for this summer’s T20 World Cup, according to managing director Rob Key.

Archer, 29, has been sidelined from all cricket formats since March 2023 because of his elbow injury. However, the T20 World Cup, scheduled to commence on 1 June in the West Indies and United States, presents a realistic target for his return to international cricket.

Key outlined the plan for Archer, stating, “The whole plan with Jofra is he is going to play white-ball cricket this summer.” He further emphasized the hope for Archer’s return to Test cricket by the following summer, coinciding with England’s series against India and the Ashes tour in Australia.

Since his pivotal role in England’s World Cup triumph in 2019, Archer has encountered persistent injury setbacks. He missed the entire home summer last year due to a stress fracture in his right elbow. His last Test appearance dates back to February 2021.

Despite his prolonged absence, Key expressed optimism about Archer’s recent progress, noting his impressive performance during Sussex’s pre-season in India. Archer’s current focus is on preparing for the T20 World Cup, with potential participation in the Pakistan T20 series in May.

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