Sussex vs Kent: Jofra Archer celebrates a wicket in the County Championship.© Instagram
Jofra Archer marked his return to competitive cricket with two brilliant wickets for Sussex against Kent in their ongoing County Championship fixture. The England international had been out of action due to an injury on his right hand, and also had to skip IPL 2021. For his first dismissal on Day 1 on Thursday, the pacer sent Daniel Bell-Drummond back to the pavilion. The Kent skipper edged the ball to second slip during Archer’s third over of the innings. In his fourth over, Archer took the wicket of Zak Crawley, who edged a snorter to the wicketkeeper. Sussex shared a video of Archer’s dismissal of Crawley on Twitter, and captioned it as, “”That’s a SNORTER!” Two wickets already for @JofraArcher!”
Here is the video:
— Sussex Cricket (@SussexCCC) May 13, 2021
Archer was sent back to the United Kingdom midway through England’s tour of India this year, after his injury worsened.
He had suffered a cut to his hand while cleaning at his home in January. Despite the injury, he played in two Test matches and five T20Is vs India, before departing for the UK, where his progress has been monitored by the medical team of Sussex since then.
The pacer’s brilliant return will be good news for the ECB, with England scheduled to host New Zealand in a two-match Test series this year, and also India in a five-match bilateral series.
The T20 World Cup is also scheduled to be held this year in India, and Archer will be a key part of England’s bowling department.
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