Jofra Archer’s Comeback Sparks Hope for England’s World Cup Campaign
Jofra Archer attended England’s training session at The Oval on Tuesday to spark hopes he could yet feature at next month’s World Cup in India. Fast bowler Archer delivered the Super Over as England defeated New Zealand in a dramatic 2019 final at Lord’s to become 50-over world champions. But the 28-year-old’s career has since been blighted by injuries and Archer has yet to feature in a competitive match this season following a stress fracture in his right elbow.
As a result, he was left out of England’s provisional 15-man squad for the World Cup but, should he prove his fitness, there is still time for him to be chosen as a traveling reserve. He could then feature in India should a fellow England bowler be struck down by injury.
Archer came off his long run for a significant spell during a net session as England trained ahead of Wednesday’s third one-day international against New Zealand. “He looks in a good place. I don’t know where he’s at fitness wise but he’s bowling good wheels (pace) out there today (Tuesday),” David Willey, dropped from England’s squad in 2019 to make way for Archer, said. “Everyone knows how good he is, what he’s capable of and how he can impact games. So to have him close or not far away from being fit is obviously fantastic news.”
Andrew Flintoff Returns as a Mentor
Andrew Flintoff was also at The Oval as the former England captain continued his role as a mentor to the squad. Flintoff had been largely absent from public view since being involved in a major car accident while filming the BBC television motoring program Top Gear. But the 45-year-old was encouraged to become involved with the England set-up again by friend and former team-mate Rob Key, now the managing director of men’s cricket at the England and Wales Cricket Board.
“It’s been great, to have him (Flintoff) with us is fantastic,” said Willey. “He’s a legend of the game, I grew up watching him play and to have him here with us, just his presence and everything he’s done in the game, is fantastic.”
(This story has not been edited by Smartkhabrinews staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – AFP)
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