England fast bowler Jofra Archer has been backed to ‘come back stronger’ by Chris Jordan after injury ruled him out of the upcoming tour to Sri Lanka and the Indian Premier League.
Archer enjoyed a superb start to his international career – taking 42 wickets across England’s triumphant World Cup campaign and drawn Ashes series – before suffering an elbow injury during the recent tour of South Africa.
The 24-year-old will now miss this month’s two-Test series against Sri Lanka and the 2020 IPL, with the ECB hoping he recovers fully in time for the home season.
England white-ball specialist Jordan presented Archer with his Test cap last summer and is confident his Sussex team-mate will ‘come back stronger’ following his injury lay-off.
‘Jof is a big, big talent and he’s like a little brother to me,’ Jordan told ESPNcricinfo. ‘He’s obviously disappointed to be missing some cricket at this point but he understands that that is part of life at this stage.
‘It will be a good test for his character. I’m pretty certain that he’ll come back stronger than ever.’
Former England all-rounder Luke Wright is also upbeat about Archer’s prospects and says his injury lay-off could even be a blessing in disguise.
‘As much as it is a disappointment that Jof is injured, it might just give him the break he needs,’ Wright said this week. ‘It will allow him to take a breath.
‘Not many players are expected to come into an international side, knock over Steve Smith every day, win the Ashes and win the World Cup.
‘Jof’s injury will give him time to spend at home for a sustained period with his family and friends in Barbados. He hasn’t had that for a long time.
‘He can reflect, assess and go again. When Jof is on form and confident, he is as good as anyone in the world.’
England bowler Jordan, meanwhile, says he is focused on his current performances in the Pakistan Super League and the upcoming IPL rather than the T20 World Cup, which takes place in October.
‘To be honest I’ve not given the World Cup too much thought only because there is so much cricket to play between now and then,’ he said.
‘That’s how I try to operate, on a day-to-day basis. If you start to think too far ahead you can lose sight and you can lose concentration on the task at hand that is in front of you.
‘If we’re playing our best cricket hopefully we’ll be selected in the squad but my sole focus is what is in front of me right now.’
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