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[Watch] Jofra Archer Begins To Torture Batsmen Again; Prepares For T20 World Cup 2024

Jofra Archer during County Championship (X.com)Jofra Archer during County Championship (X.com)

England speedster Jofra Archer made his return to professional cricket for the first time since he underwent elbow surgery midway through the IPL 2023 season last year. The cricketer was spotted taking the field for Sussex's second XI in a second-division Country Championship game.

At one point of the match, the right-arm paceman sent down an unplayable in-swinging yorker to trap the opposition batter plumb in front of stumps.

Jofra Archer has not played international cricket since England’s March 2023 tour of Bangladesh, considering the speedster sustained an elbow injury while playing for the Mumbai Indians franchise midway into the subsequent IPL 2023 season.

Making his return to competitive cricket for the first time since his injury relapse, Archer looked in good nick while bowling for Sussex second XI in a second division County Championship match in England.

Watch: Jofra Archer regains old groove in County Championship

As per ECB cricket managing director Robert Key, the board is aiming for Jofra Archer to make his comeback to international cricket in time for England’s title defence at the 2024 T20 World Cup.

Late last year, the ECB even advised Archer to skip the IPL 2024 season in India in order to manage his workload. The 28-year-old fast bowler was also released by the Mumbai Indians franchise on November 25 during the IPL 2024 retention window.

With the T20 World Cup 2024 scheduled to commence in June this year in the West Indies and the United States, Archer still has three months to fully recuperate for a full-blooded return to international cricket for the premier T20 event.