England’s Jofra Archer is targeting a comeback next March against the West Indies.
The 26-year-old is nursing a stress fracture in his elbow and is gutted to be missing out on crucial events this year, such as The Ashes and the T20 World Cup.
The fast bowler last played during the tour of India in February and is closely watching the ongoing series between the two sides.
"I've said many times before that Test cricket is the most important format to me and nothing has changed in that respect.”, Archer wrote in the Daily Mail.
“It's frustrating to be sitting out an important series against India, as well as not being able to make the trip to Australia this winter – not to mention the Twenty20 World Cup in the UAE.
"If I do end up with another stress fracture, I may have a different view on things as regards to my future. But for the moment, I'm still only 26 and I think my best years as a Test cricketer are ahead of me.”
Despite the setback, Archer remains optimistic of a return to action in the Caribbean in 2022.
"When I got the news that I'd be out for the rest of 2021 because I had suffered another stress fracture in my elbow, it was pretty tough to take," he continued.
“But I've always been of the view that everything happens for a reason, and the injury doesn't change the way I look at my career.
"I'm trying to be cautious about when I make my comeback, but I guess there's a chance I'll be ready in time for England's three-Test series against West Indies in the Caribbean in March."
England were dealt another injury blow when Mark Wood was ruled out of the third test against India after jarring his shoulder during the previous match.
Wood sustained the injury whilst diving to try and prevent a boundary on the fourth day of the second Test at Lord’s – although he did proceed to bowl again on the fifth day.
With Saqib Mahmood and Craig Overton already in the squad as back-up, England have opted not to call up a replacement and Wood will remain with the squad in Leeds to continue his rehab with the medical team.
He will be assessed at the end of the third Test, which begins today (Wednesday) at Headingley, as Joe Root's side aim to level the series.
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