‘I thought I was going to lose…’: Jofra Archer talks about his state of mind during rehabilitation from elbow injury

Jofra Archer has admitted his recurring elbow injury has left him in a ‘dark place’.©AFP

Considering his return to competitive cricket, England pacemaker Jofra Archer admitted his recurring elbow injury left him in a “dark place” last summer. The 27-year-old, who last played for England in March 2021, has missed several important matches including the T20 World Cup last year and the all-important Ashes due to his fitness issues . Archer, who has had several elbow surgeries, revealed he fears losing his contract.

“In a situation like this, when you are forced to have operations, you wonder if you are going to play cricket again, if you are going to play all the formats even. But the ECB gave me the assurance and the peace of mind they’ve wanted me for a long time,” Archer wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.

“At one point I thought I was going to lose my contract when things weren’t going well, but now I’m confident in what the future holds. It’s partly thanks to them not to rush me,” he added.

While Archer is set to feature for Sussex in their first T20 Blast match against Glamorgan on May 26, the pacer added that he is now confident about his future.

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“I find myself in an unfamiliar place as I prepare for the start of the Vitality Blast this month – from a fitness perspective, I can’t believe how good I feel,” he said. added.

“Am I confident things are where I would like them to be ahead of Sussex’s first Twenty20 game against Glamorgan on May 26? Absolutely,” he added.

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