Jofra Archer to miss entire 2021 IPL and focus on being ready for England Tests

Jofra Archer has given up his £800,000 IPL salary to make sure his is back to full fitness for England's international summer.

The ECB confirmed that Archer will not be heading out to India to take up his deal with the Rajasthan Royals this year as he continues his recovery from a recurring right elbow injury.

Archer will instead continue his rehabilitation at home where he is set to turn out for Sussex second XI and then in the county championship with a view to being available for England's two Test series against New Zealand in June.

To have the 26-yar-old back in England whites from the start of the summer will be a huge boost for Joe Root's side as they take on the top two teams this summer in the shape of the Kiwis and India, before the big one Down Under against the Aussies at the end of the year.

Archer played just two of the Tests during the winter against India as he continued to struggle with his elbow injury.

And he is concerned at how it might react were he to head to India where he would be required to quarantine for eight days before being allowed to train or play.

Such a break could lead to more problems if and when he started to bowl again, which could have reduced even further his participation for the Royals in any case.

Archer's decision therefore to put his body and his England career first and foremost above the huge sum of money he would receive is to be applauded and reveals a huge desire from him to make the most of his career.

With India also now on the red list of countries, it would've meant that Archer would have had to quarantine for a further 10 days on his return, another significant break.

Instead Archer can ease himself back into competitive cricket with a game for the seconds against Surrey on May 4th, before the first team play Kent on May 13th if he comes through unscathed.

England and Archer are determined to make sure he takes as few risks as possible in his return to ensure that he is able to sustain his body through to the Ashes next winter, where he will spearhead the attack.

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