Archer’s WI tour hopes dashed by setback in elbow rehab

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Archer’s absence from both the ODI and T20I squads named to face West Indies in December represents another setback. “Rather than pick him in the squads, we’re just going to play it by ear and when he’s fit and ready to come back in, he’ll come back in,” Key said. While Archer could train with the squad in the Caribbean, Key emphasized that England are reluctant to rush his comeback: “Until he’s ready and fit, he won’t be in the squad – and even then, he’s going to take a period of building up. It’s not going to be straightforward, and we’ve got to be so careful.” He has only played seven games for England since March 2021, but recently signed a two-year central contract, turning down a third year. “We’re desperate for Jofra,” Key said. “We take that bet with him that we want him back fit and able to play for England, because of the upside.”

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