England star Jofra Archer has made an impressive return from a 17-month injury absence, taking three wickets in a domestic T20 clash in South Africa.
The 27-year-old had been dealing with elbow and back issues that sidelined him for last year’s Ashes series and two straight World Cups, leaving a massive hole in the English lineup.
Archer cemented his long-awaited return with figures of 3/27 from four overs while playing for MI Cape Town in the new SA20 league, including 12 dot balls and a wicket maiden before being on a hat-trick in his final over.
The quick helped lead his side to an eight-wicket victory over Paarl Royals.
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Archer was back bowling with the searing pace that made him a household name during the 2019 Ashes series and the 2019 World Cup.
Jofra Archer smiling after taking wickets 🥰 pic.twitter.com/rsOXp1VCRf
— Will Macpherson (@willis_macp) January 10, 2023
Starting where he left off 💪 pic.twitter.com/PN8aJQU9Ro
— England’s Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) January 10, 2023
BUZZING BUZZING BUZZING to see @JofraArcher back on the field 🙌🙌
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) January 10, 2023
— MI Cape Town (@MICapeTown) January 10, 2023
English teammate Jos Buttler also featured during the first match of the new T20 league, scoring a half-century for the Royals in a rare highlight for his side.
Archer will be pushing for a return for this year’s Ashes on home soil, which kicks off in June.