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England bowler Jofra Archer ‘quite prepared’ to miss India series as he targets T20 World Cup and Ashes


England bowler Jofra Archer recently had surgery on his elbow (Picture: Getty)

England bowler Jofra Archer insists he is ‘quite prepared’ to miss this summer’s Test series against India if it means he is fit and firing for the upcoming T20 World Cup and Ashes series.

The Sussex star has surgery on his problematic elbow last week and has begun a rehabilitation programme with the England and Sussex medical teams.

Archer only bowled five overs in the second innings of Sussex’s County Championship draw with Kent earlier in the month, and has already been ruled out of next month’s two-Test series against New Zealand.

But the 26-year-old says he is ready to ‘sit out the summer’ in order to be fit for the T20 World Cup, which is due to take place in October and November in India, and the subsequent Ashes series in Australia.

One thing I am determined about post-elbow operation is not to rush my comeback because my primary focus is to be playing for England in the Twenty20 World Cup and Ashes later this year,’ Archer said in a column for the Daily Mail.

‘Those are my targets. If I come back before then and manage to play in the home Test series against India – then fine, so be it. If I don’t, I am quite prepared to sit out the summer.

‘The way I am looking at things is that I would rather miss a few weeks of a year so that I have a few more years in my career.

Archer felt pain in his elbow during Sussex’s recent draw with Kent (Picture: Getty)

‘I just want to get this injury sorted once and for all and that’s why I’m not looking that far ahead or at dates for a return to action – because if I don’t get this right, I won’t play any cricket. Period.

‘I am not going to do myself any good by coming back before I’m fully fit, so I will take my time and do what is best for me and my life.’

Ashley Giles, director of cricket at the ECB, has said England will take a ‘conservative’ approach with Archer over the coming months.

Asked whether England were planning to be without Archer for the entire summer, Giles said: ‘Not yet but I think we have to be conservative, got to make sure he’s right because every match has something on it, every match is important.

‘I’ve talked a lot about our objectives in the T20 World Cup and the Ashes and we need to make sure he is best prepared for that. If it went swimmingly, we may see him earlier but we’re not going to put any deadlines on it.

Ashley Giles says England will be ‘conservative’ with Archer (Picture: Getty)

‘I’m very confident with the medical team we have and the surgery he’s had, which has gone very well, that Jof will be back and firing.

‘Any of us who’ve had surgeries of those sorts in the past, they definitely make you edgy and nervous. But we’ve definitely confident he’ll be back and ready to go at some point later in the year.

‘I’m very confident we’ll get him back and get him back as we’ve seen Jofra in the past. Every player is different.

‘I think the thing that has been holding Jofra back is that he’s had two different injuries in that elbow and it stops him doing what he does incredibly well – which is bowl quick. That must be frustrating for him.’

England’s Test summer begins next Wednesday against New Zealand at Lord’s.

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