Jofra Archer. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images for ECB)
England fast bowler Jofra Archer is set to make his return to first-class cricket after he was named in Sussex‘s 13-man squad for Thursday’s County Championship match against Kent.
Archer underwent surgery to remove a glass fragment from a tendon on his right hand, an injury he sustained in January when an attempt to clean his fish tank went wrong.
He was undergoing treatment for a long-term elbow problem at the time.
The 26-year-old missed the start of the now-suspended Indian Premier League season and the first class game is likely to be Archer’s last chance to prove his fitness ahead of England’s two-Test series against New Zealand next month.
“Any team in world cricket would be excited to name Jofra in their squad for a game. Everybody is aware of his talents,” Sussex coach Ian Salisbury said.
The first Test against New Zealand will be held at Lord’s from June 2-6 before the second Test in Birmingham from June 10.