London, August 25 (IANS) England pacer Jofra Archer believes his best year in test cricket has yet to come as he is still only 26. He has admitted it has been frustrating to miss international cricket due to of a recurring elbow problem.
Archer was ruled out of cricketing for the rest of the year after a recurrence of the elbow stress fracture. Aside from the current Test series against India, Archer will also miss the men’s T20 World Cup and the ashes.
“When I got the news that I wanted to be out for the rest of 2021 because I had another stress fracture in my elbow, it was pretty hard to take. But I have always been of the opinion that everything happens for a reason, and the injury does not change the way I look at my career, “Archer wrote in his column for the Daily Mail on Wednesday.
“I have said many times before that test cricket is the most important format for me and nothing has changed in that regard. It’s frustrating to be out in an important series against India, as well as not to take the trip to Australia this winter – not to mention the Twenty20 World Cup in the UAE. If I end up with another stress break, I may have a different view of things regarding my future. But at the moment I am still only 26 and I think my best years as a test cricketer are ahead of me, ”added Archer.
The Barbados-born pacer offered an explanation for why he went under the knife in May. “The reason I had surgery in May was because I wanted to solve the problem once and for all. I do not want this thing to hang over me. I want to be out there again, take wickets and help win matches for England, ”said Archer.
“That said, I’m trying to be careful when I make my comeback, but I think there’s a chance I’m ready on time for England’s three-Test series against the Caribbean in the Caribbean in March. . But I can not promise anything and I will soon see a specialist on the elbow, “added Archer.
He concluded by saying: “I have played a lot of cricket over the last two years for England, Sussex and Rajasthan Royals at the IPL and I could have been out for a year with that injury, so to sit out for six months is not much in the big scheme. I tell myself I’m not the first or last cricketer to get hurt and I understand I need to spend my time. I’m crossing my fingers that I’m in shape and firing again early next year. ”
Archer last played international cricket in the five-match T20I series against India in February, taking seven wickets to an economy of 7.75.
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