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Back after long lay-off, Jofra Archer steams in for ‘KSCA’ in warm-up game vs Sussex | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: England pacer Jofra Archer showcased fine form after a hiatus, having last played competitive cricket in May 2023. He impressed with figures of 2 for 22 during a seven-over spell for the Karnataka State Cricket Association XI (KSCA XI) against his county side Sussex in a two-day warm-up game.
Archer, representing the visiting Sussex side, has been sidelined from England duty since March 2023.He underwent elbow surgery in May following an early exit from MI’s IPL campaign due to injury.
Subsequently, the England and Wales Cricket Board did not allow Archer, who was released by Mumbai Indians, to enter the IPL players’ auction in December last year, citing the need to manage his workload.
Even though, the 28-year-old was retained by MI Cape Town for this year’s SA20, his participation in the tournament did not eventuate.
Despite Archer appearing for them as a guest player, the KSCA XI could not prevent Sussex from taking the first innings and finish their two-day warm-up match on a strong note here on Friday.
Archer, who is on an extended recuperation trail, bowled seven overs and took two wickets (2/22) to support left-arm spinner Paras Gurbax (5/80), but the visitors made 365 before getting bowled out.
KSCA were bundled out for 201 in their first innings, and thus Sussex gained an innings lead of 164 runs.
The home finished their second innings at 162 for four.
Earlier, Tom Alsop (60, 109b, 7×4) and James Coles (87, 107b, 14×4) anchored the innings of Sussex with fine fifties.
Archer trapped Alsop in front of the wicket, while he castled Oli Carter (31, 33b, 3×4).
(With inputs from PTI)

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