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Mumbai Indians react as Jofra Archer is called up back to England squad ahead of 2023 IPL auction


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Bought in a grand auction at Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 by Mumbai Indians, Archer Jofra has yet to be used by his new franchise in the T20 league. The British speedster has struggled with injuries for the past few years and was unable to even feature in the national team for the T20 World Cup in 2021 and 2022. The last time represented England in In March 2021, Archer finally returned to play for England. National team. However, his comeback comes just before the 2023 IPL auction and his franchise Mumbai Indians couldn’t be happier.

Archer was named on Thursday in the 14-man squad for a three-match day international series in South Africa. The Mumbai Indians, in a Twitter post, emphasized how delighted they were to see Archer wear the England shirt.

Fast pitcher Sussex Archer put in a spectacular display on the international scene in 2019 as he became one of the stars of England’s more than 50-year victory at the World Cup.

But he has not played international cricket since March 2021 due to injury.

The Barbados-born 27-year-old suffered several elbow problems, leading to two surgeries before his hopes of returning to action were dashed due to a stress fracture in his lower back in May prevented him from attending the 2022 season in England.

However, Archer played for the second division English Lions in a warm-up match against the Test team in Abu Dhabi last month ahead of the senior team’s 3-0 win over Pakistan.

Just six balls into the practice match, Archer hit Zak Crawley on helmet with a bouncer.

A statement by the England and Wales Cricket Council released on Thursday said Archer was “recovering well from an elbow injury and is expected to return to international cricket competition in South Africa next month”.

With AFP input

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