Jofra Archer on playing in the IPL: You never know, fingers crossed

Fast bowler sidelined by elbow injury

Jofra Archer batting for England

England fast bowler Jofra Archer might play in this year's Indian Premier League after recovering from an elbow injury.

The England and Wales Cricket Board ruled Archer out of this month's Test series against Sri Lanka. His might play for the Rajasthan Royals in the latter half of the 2020 IPL, though. Rajasthan won the inaugural IPL in 2008 – and are offered at 10.00 by bet365 for a second title this year.

“The elbow is fine,” he told Sussex's website.

“I haven't felt it for the last few weeks now so I think it's making good progress. I'm not targeting anything. I've played a lot of cricket so I don't think I'll forget how to play cricket even if I don't do anything for the next couple of months.

“It's actually nice to just take a break. I'm not happy that it's come at this time but I'm also grateful that I'm getting the chance to relax and take a step back for a bit.”

“You never know, fingers crossed. I'll probably have some more information when I get it re-scanned. It could be a bit longer, I might have to wait, it could be a bit shorter.”

Archer at Sussex

The 24-year-old Archer, meanwhile, has signed a contract extension with Sussex in county cricket. The Barbados-born seamer has been with Sussex since 2016 – and will stay until 2022 at least.

“Sussex gave me my opportunity right at the beginning of my career, so I am very happy to commit long term to the club,” he added.

“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 are coached by former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie.

“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,” concluded Gillespie.

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