England Eyes T20 World Cup Boost with Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer’s Potential Return

England’s aspirations for the 2024 T20 World Cup hinge on the anticipated return of star all-rounder Ben Stokes and the “box-office pace” of Jofra Archer, according to white-ball coach Matthew Mott. Both players, currently nursing injuries, are crucial to England’s campaign, and their spots in the team are being reserved for them.

Stokes, recovering from a November knee operation, aims to lead England in the Test series against India from January to March. Meanwhile, Archer, sidelined since March due to an elbow injury, is eyeing a comeback.

Mott expressed confidence in their inclusion, stating, “Ben, aside from his incredible match-winning ability in every department, gives us that ability to have a seam bowler in your top six that gives you so many options with your team balance…It makes selection a hell of a lot easier. So that’s a given.”

Regarding Archer, Mott emphasized the impact of his presence, saying, “In terms of Jofra, you’ve just got absolute box-office pace, change of pace, bowl any over in the innings. Bowl your Super Over, bowl your last over when they need to. Him on the park is massive, everyone would agree with that.”

Archer, plagued by injuries, hasn’t featured in Test cricket since 2021 and played only seven white-ball games in 2023. While not part of the Test squad for the India tour in early 2024, both Stokes and Archer are expected to be key figures in England’s T20 World Cup squad, provided their fitness permits.

The T20 World Cup is scheduled for June in the West Indies and the United States, offering England the prospect of a formidable boost with the return of these dynamic players.