England fast bowler Jofra Archer is still hoping to feature in the upcoming Indian Premier League despite his recent injury struggles.
The 24-year-old, who has taken 55 wickets in 22 matches for England, was due to play for Rajasthan Royals at IPL 2020 alongside the likes of Ben Stokes and Steve Smith.
But Archer sustained an elbow injury during England’s Test series in South Africa that has ruled him out of this month’s trip to Sri Lanka and left his IPL hopes hanging by a thread.
The situation may not be as serious as first feared, however, with the fast bowler still holding out hope of playing in the Indian Premier League, which starts at the end of the month.
Asked if he could yet head to India for the biggest domestic tournament on the planet, Archer told Sussex’s official website: ‘The elbow is fine. I haven’t felt it for a couple of weeks now so I think it’s making good progress.
‘We’ll get some more information this week. It could be a bit longer so I might have to wait or it could be a bit shorter so you never know. Fingers crossed.’
Archer was speaking after signing a two-year contract extension with Sussex to keep him at the county until at least the end of the 2021 season.
‘Sussex gave me my opportunity right at the beginning of my career, so I am very happy to commit long term to the club,’ said Archer.
‘I really do enjoy playing with everyone here at Sussex and it was really nice to come back down last year to play a few games with the lads.
‘It’s the same club that I left it as and it’s nice to know nothing has changed. Sometimes people sit in my space in the dressing room now, but that’s fine!
‘It most definitely still feels special to pull on the Sussex shirt.’
Sussex coach and Australia legend Jason Gillespie, meanwhile, added: ‘We’re delighted that Jofra will continue to be with us at Sussex.
‘I’m really looking forward to having him play for us when his England commitments allows. He loves playing for Sussex – he’s like a kid in a candy store!
‘We all love having him around, and seeing his improvements as a player has been great. Hopefully we can play a role in helping him continue to get better.’
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