Ben Stokes optimistic about Jofra Archer regaining full fitness in time for Ashes 2023


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England’s test captain, Ben Stokes, has made it clear that they will not rush Jofra Archer back into action because they do not want to see the star pacer on the sidelines again for such a long period of time.

Archer has not played for England since March 2021 due to injury problems, but he managed to make a successful comeback in a three-day warm-up against the Test side in Abu Dhabi earlier this week.

However, Jofra himself admitted that he has not yet regained full fitness, but Stokes was optimistic about his star pace ace regaining full fitness ahead of the Ashes series in June 2023.

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Ben Stokes told Sky Sports: “He’s one of the superstars of the international game and it’s great to see him running back, bowling fast and it’s really good to have him back in the squad as well.”

The England Test captain further heaped praise on Archer, calling him one of the biggest superstars of international cricket.

The Test captain added, “I think he’s just really excited to be back. He’s obviously had a long time out with injury and as exciting as that is, we have to be careful not to rush him back because we don’t want to see Jofra Archer on the sidelines for that long again. That’s the plan, hopefully we can have Jofra fit and ready especially for the Ashes.”

Notably, England will play a three-match Test series in Pakistan next month.

(With Reuters input)

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