LONDON: England cricket board has concurred with pace bowler Jofra Archer on his decision to put T20 World Cup and Ashes series later this year ahead of August-September's five-Test series against India in which the 26-year-old may not participate as he recovers from elbow surgery.
"I have talked a lot about our objectives in the T20 World Cup and the Ashes, and we need to make sure he is best prepared for that," Ashley Giles, the director of cricket at England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), was quoted as saying by Daily Mail.
Giles said that Archer's USP is his ability to bowl fast. "The thing that has held him back is that he's had two different injuries in that elbow, and it stops him doing what he does incredibly well, which is bowl quick. That must be frustrating for him," added Giles.
Archer had on Thursday written in the Daily Mail that he was willing to miss this English summer's long Test series against India so as to be fully fit for T20 World Cup and Ashes later this year. "One thing I am determined about post-elbow operation is not to rush my comeback because my primary focus is to be playing for England in Twenty20 World Cup and Ashes later this year," Archer had written in his column for Daily Mail. IANS