Jofra Archer to consider retirement if injuries persist

Jofra Archer to consider retirement if injuries persist. Archer has missed the majority of the last two seasons due to back and elbow injuries.

Jofra Archer, once touted as the next big thing, has spent the majority of the last two years on the sidelines. He missed the ODI World Cup, the T20 World Cup, the Ashes, the World Test Championship, and a number of series and franchise-based tournaments in recent years, but the pacer is now eager to play. However, the 29-year-old stated that if the injuries persist, he may consider retiring from the game.

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Archer has struggled with back and elbow injuries in recent years, but he returned in January 2023

However, by May, he had injured himself again, and Jofra has not played a competitive match since. He is likely to return to the England squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup, but he has yet to receive a fitness certificate.

Speaking about his injuries, the ace pacer stated that he has not played an entire season in a long time and that even if he misses the T20 World Cup, he hopes to play in County, T20 Blast, The Hundred, and subsequent tournaments. However, Archer made it clear that he will not rush to get back on the field.

“I have not played cricket for a full year. Last year, I played from January to May. I think the year before that, I only played one or two games for Sussex, so you know I’ve had a year off. Sometimes it feels that way. It’s been a while, and I’m not sure if I’m up for another year of stop-starts. That’s the truth, and I’m not sure if I have another one,” Archer told Eurosport.

“Worst-case scenario – I don’t want to think about it – but if I don’t make the World Cup for whatever reason, there’s still the T20 Blast and the Hundred. I still haven’t had the opportunity to play cricket in the last few years. So, as much as I want to play in the World Cup, if it doesn’t happen for whatever reason, I know I can still participate in some way,” he added.

All 20 participating teams must announce their provincial T20 World Cup squads by May 1, 2024. Keeping this in mind, Archer has fewer than two weeks to prove himself healthy and secure his spot in the super tournament.

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