Jofra Archer sets eyes on Test return against West Indies

Jofra Archer, England fast bowler, still believes he has a Test career and is aiming for a return to the five-day format during England’s visit to the West Indies next year.

After suffering a stress fracture in his right elbow, the 26-year-old was ruled out of the current Test series against India and the Ashes trip of Australia, as well as the T20 World Cup that lies between both campaigns.

Given his bowling arm injuries, some have questioned if Archer would be well enough to play in cricket’s longest format again, with former England captain Alastair Cook predicting Archer may lose pace due to elbow troubles, which he describes as a “game changer.” However, Archer has stated that his “greatest years as a Test cricketer remain ahead of me.”

“I’ve mentioned many times before that Test cricket is the most important format to me, and that hasn’t changed. It’s infuriating to miss a key series against India, as well as not being able to travel to Australia this winter, let alone the Twenty20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. If I do wind up with another stress fracture, I might have a different perspective on my future. But, for the time being, I’m only 26 years old, and I believe my finest years as a Test cricketer are yet to come.”

While contemplating his options, the right-arm bowler suggested that he could return in England’s three-match Test series against the West Indies later next March. “I’m trying to be cautious about when I come back,” he said, “but there’s a chance I’ll be ready for England’s three-Test series against the West Indies in the Caribbean in March.”