England fast bowler Jofra Archer is unlikely to appear in any red-ball contests prior to the home Ashes series against Australia, according to Sussex head coach Paul Farbrace. This is despite having gone more than two years without playing Test cricket. Due to elbow and back issues, Archer, who recorded 22 wickets for England during the 2019 Ashes, hasn’t participated in a Test match since February 2021.
Archer to rely on IPL for Ashes preparation
The 27-year-old fast made his comeback in the South African SA20 league in late January after missing 17 months of ODI and T20I matches for England. He won’t play for Sussex in the County Championship, but he will play for the Mumbai Indians in the forthcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 competition. According to all other things being equal, Farbrace told reporters on Thursday, “He will go right into the Ashes off the back of the IPL.”
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They want him to bowl some lengthier periods in between IPL games to build up his overs and get match-ready. “I’m aware that many people would argue that he has to play at least two four-day matches before a Test match, but the preparation and work the medical staff put into these players is amazing,” the author said. England last won the Ashes in 2015, and in the most recent series, they were destroyed 4-0 in Australia.
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Beginning on June 16, the first Ashes Test will be played in Edgbaston.
2023 Qantas Ashes Tour of the UK
First Test: Friday June 16-Tuesday June 20, Edgbaston
Second Test: Wednesday June 28-Sunday July 2, Lord’s
Third Test: Thursday July 6-Monday July 10, Headingley
Fourth Test: Wednesday July 19-Sunday July 23, Old Trafford
Fifth Test: Thursday July 27-Monday 31, The Oval