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Jofra Archer amongst the wickets as he returns to the Surrey lineup

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Jofra Archer amongst the wickets as he returns to the Surrey lineup

Jofra Archer has provided Joe Root, Chris Silverwood, Ashley Giles, and England fans up and down the country with a sense of promise having picked up two wickets on day one against Kent at Hove.

Archer picked up a bizarre fish tank-related hand injury which required surgery following the T20I series against India, therefore forcing him out of action.

Archer’s performance throughout the white-ball series was another reminder of his tremendous talent, made even more impressive by playing so soon after suffering the injury.

He was England’s leading wicket-taker with seven, bowling at an average of 22.14 with an economy rate of just 7.15.

But despite the injury recovering sufficiently prior to the tour, Archer ruled himself out of the IPL as the ECB looked to pursue treatment further.

The volume of cricket placed upon Archer following his breakout 2019 World Cup, also led to an elbow injury which forced a spell on the sidelines. The extended break provided by missing out with the Rajasthan Royals has allowed further Elbow treatment too.

With his recovery period complete, Archer returned to the Sussex lineup having played a 2nd team fixture last week.

And he did what does best, taking wickets by bowling quick.

Archer opened the Sussex bowling and showed little signs of rustiness as he dismissed Kent skipper Daniel Bell-Drummond in just the sixth over. A precise line and length drew an edge from Bell-Drummond leaving the visitors 3-1.

England teammate Zak Crawley is presumably familiar with facing Archers pace and tenacity, though this proved insignificant.

The extra bounce gained from Archer’s pace took Crawley by surprise as he edged through to Ben Brown. Little he could have done.

With bad weather putting the rest of today’s play in doubt, Archer currently has figures of 10-4-21-2.

 

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Matthew Smith is a passionate sports fan and student with a strong ambition to break into the sports media industry, with his expertise lying in football and cricket. Having received an unconditional offer to study Sports Business & Broadcasting at UCFB Etihad Campus in September 2020, Matt is continuing to improve the range and quality of his sports content. He created, produces and hosts the cricketing podcast Caught and Bowled, produces Football Manger 2021 content on his YouTube channel “mattfm” and currently writes for WBAReport. As a long-suffering West Bromwich Albion fan Matt has been through the highs and lows of supporting his team whilst also witnessing landmark moments in English cricket such as the first time England passed 400 in an ODI fixture at Edgbaston in 2015 and Jimmy Anderson‘s record 11th wicket partnership with Joe Root against India in 2014.

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