Jofra Archer looks forward to returning to England in the fourth test on the bouncer Wanderers after having proven his suitability with an impressive burst of fast bowling in the nets
- ] Jofra Archer bowed for a sustained, intense period in the nets in Johannesburg
- The bowler of England is probably on the side for the last South African test
- Spinner Dom Bess could be omitted if Mark Wood were also selected
- Assistant Graham Thorpe admitted that England has many bowling options
Jofra Archer seems to be playing in the final test from Friday after he returned to full fitness with a quick and scorching spell in the Wanderers nets yesterday.
Archer bowed at full speed around seven overs – considerable problems for teammates Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow for the first time since – an elbow injury closed him out of England's victories in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
Now only a response to a problem that Archer first troubled in the World Cup last summer can keep him from a test against South Africa being played at one of the fastest and most bouncy fields in the world.
& Jofra came in today with really good rhythm and pace, said England assistant coach Graham Thorpe. "The elbow has been a big problem for him in recent weeks and you can't force it.
& # 39; You have to wait until the player has faith in it. Jofra looks good, but he will have to come in tomorrow and make a backup. He bowed nice and fast today and that is a place where we want him to be. & # 39;
England will train Mark Wood before deciding whether to work with Archer in a delightful pace attack. Wood was painful after the Port Elizabeth test and must prove that its body can withstand back-to-back tests.
When Wood and Archer are fit, Dom Bess is the favorite of being left out, with the Wanderers pitch preferring the pace to spin.
But there is a mindset that playing would be a good experience for Bess with Australia in two years in mind, and he could play Sam Curran for Seamer.
& # 39; We will have to see how Wood is and Chris Woakes is bowling well today and is now completely fit, & # 39; said Thorpe after a practice session limited to those players who missed the third test victory – and the out-formed Buttler, who just wanted another session. "It's nice to have all these options on the table," Thorpe added.