Jofra Archer has returned to England’s playing XI in the second T20I against Pakistan on Saturday (May 25) after a long injury hiatus.

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Archer has made a comeback into the England outfit after a 14-month-long injury layoff due to a recurring stress fracture in his right elbow. Archer last played for England in Bangladesh in March 2023.

The series will be providing some vital preparations to Archer ahead of England’s T20I World Cup title defence in June, of which he is a part.

Over the years, Archer has suffered multiple setbacks that jeopardised his career. The firebrand pacer has played just 27 international matches for England across formats since the start of 2020.

Archer was scheduled to play the series opener on Wednesday at Headingley but was forced to wait further for his comeback owing to a washout. He featured for Sussex’s second XI recently.

Speaking to Sky Sports before the match, Archer said he felt “like a hamster on the wheel” during his extended time on the sidelines.

“You’ve got to get up and keep going, day in, day out,” Archer said. “But I’m back here, so it has to be worth it… being around the guys has been really refreshing. I’ve been rehabbing as long as I can remember, so it’s great to be back here.”

He added: “I’ve been bowling since November last year, but the step-up, there’s always that extra 10% more intensity that you put in, especially in big games. Hopefully I can get through today, get through the other two games and get myself on the plane… as long as I bowl my four overs today, I’m happy.”

Pakistan captain Babar Azam chose to bowl after winning the toss. The series marks Gary Kirsten’s first assignment as their white-ball coach.