Jofra Archer is optimistic about his future (Picture: Gareth Copley/Getty Images for ECB)

Jofra Archer insists he has no desire to leave Test cricket behind, with England planning a phased return to competitive action that builds towards next summer’s Ashes.

After an 18-month nightmare, the fast bowler is two days into his comeback in Abu Dhabi, managing nine overs for England Lions against the senior team and following up with a batting cameo.

His red-ball reappearance is encouraging after a string of fitness problems including a long-standing elbow issue and a stress fracture of the back.

Despite the setbacks, the 27-year-old remains optimistic about his future as a three-format player.

‘It’s weird feeling this way again,’ he said. ‘Yesterday was a really, really big day.

‘A small day but still a big day. I will say I’m fully back.

‘I’d rather take these last few months very seriously, more serious than probably all of the rehab, because once this phase goes right then it can set me up for the next three to four years injury-free.

‘I would love to play every game but I don’t think the physio would let me.

‘Our squad is strong enough that I can play all formats all year round.’


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