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Returning England pacer in contention for Pakistan T20Is to prove T20 World Cup fitness

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England’s managing director of men’s cricket Rob Key is hopeful that Jofra Archer could return to action against Pakistan in time to prove his fitness for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024.

Archer has faced a challenging period, sidelined by numerous injuries over the past few years. England has taken a cautious approach to his rehabilitation, but there are signs of progress. After an 11-month hiatus, there is hope that Archer could soon make a comeback to competitive cricket when England face Pakistan in four T20Is, starting 22 May.

“Absolutely,” Key told Sky Sports News when asked if Archer is in contention for a spot in England’s T20 World Cup squad. “Jofra, he’s been out on Sussex’s pre-season out in India. He bowled quickly out there, he bowled really well.

“He’s now just gone back in the Caribbean, where he is going to play a little bit of club cricket, stuff like that – all about getting himself ready for that World T20. He’ll play hopefully the Pakistan series. But it’s always fingers crossed at the moment with Jofra.”

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