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England fast bowler Archer fears another ‘stop-start’ year

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England fast bowler Jofra Archer has warned he may struggle to cope with yet more injury woe, saying: “I don’t know if I have another stopstart year in me”.

Archer, who signed a twoyear central contract with England in October, last played a Test in February 2021.

His career has since been blighted by injuries and the 29-year-old Sussex quick missed the whole of last year’s home season with a stress fracture in his right elbow.

But Archer, who rose to prominence in 2019 when he bowled the Super Over as England beat New Zealand in the 50- over World Cup final, is on the comeback trail, with hopes of featuring in June’s T20 World Cup in the United States and his native Caribbean.

But he accepts the mental and physical toll of yet another breakdown might be too much to handle.

“It’s been a while and honestly, I don’t know if I’ve got another stop-start year in me.

That’s the truth, I don’t know if I’ve got another one,” he told the 4Cast’s Athlete’s Voice podcast.

“I haven’t played cricket for a whole 12 months as yet. Last year I played from January to May.

I think the year before that, I played maybe one or two games for Sussex, so you know I’ve had a whole year of nothing.”

Earlier this month, England cricket chief Rob Key protectively ruled Archer out of playing a Test match again until 2025 at the earliest but said the T20 World Cup was a realistic goal for the paceman.