The England and Wales Cricket Board has set no timetable on Archer’s playing comeback, only revealing that the 26-year-old will work closely this week with his county, Sussex, and the country’s medical teams.
England are hopeful he will be able to up his bowling workload “from next week” as he continues his rehabilitation from a freak injury to the middle finger of his right hand that occurred when he dropped a fish tank in the bath in January.
While the problem was managed during England’s recent India tour and dealt with upon his return home, Archer also had a further injection to a troublesome elbow which deteriorated enough during the two-month trip to force action.
The combination of these issues has already led to Archer’s absence for the early stages of the IPL, where he is the reigning MVP and on an £800,000 contract with Rajasthan Royals, as England look to manage his workload.
Kumar Sangakkara, director of cricket with the Royals, recently moved to reassure England they will not take any undue risks with Archer in a T20 World Cup and Ashes year.
The former Sri Lanka captain said: “His value to world cricket and to England cricket is always part of our decision-making process and we are always guided by the experts in English cricket who look after Jofra to guide us on how we could support that journey.
“It’s not something we look at selfishly in terms of playing in the IPL. We understand the value of Jofra and we take a holistic view of how important Jofra is not just to our cause but to England cricket and world cricket as well.
“It’s very important Jofra gets fit, not just for IPL but for his international career, and that he is in a very good space with his body and mentally when he does come here.”