ofra Archer is expected to be fully fit to start England’s T20 series against India.
The England fast bowler was considered a doubt after the recurrence of an elbow injury, which first surfaced at the start of 2020 and forced him out of the final Test against India.
England head coach Chris Silverwood had dismissed talk of surgery and, speaking on Wednesday, captain Eoin Morgan said he was confident of having Archer available for selection for Friday’s opening match of the five-game series.
“I am hopeful he’ll be fit for the whole series,” said Morgan. “If the game was tomorrow and we didn’t have training, he’d be fit. We obviously have two days of training to come through as well, so hopefully he’s good.”
England have selected a full strength squad for the series in Ahmedabad with a view to the T20 World Cup in India from October this year.
And Morgan said that everyone was available for selection from game one, including himself having recovered from illness at the weekend.
“I do feel better,” he said. “I wouldn’t say I’m 100 percent but I’m way better than I was five days ago.”
England trained for the first time on the ground on Wednesday evening under the lights, having previously using the indoor school to prepare for the upcoming series.
Morgan said he and his side would be boosted by playing in front of packed stands for the first time since the initial Covid outbreak.
“I think 80,000 or 90,000 are going to be there is what we’re hearing, which is great,” he said. “We’ve missed crowds the last year or so. Every player has mentioned it every time we’ve played so it will certainly get us back in the rhythm of things with a big crowd.”
England’s Test players struggled against India’s spin attack, an issue Morgan is hopeful his players can overcome as they fine tune their preparations for the World Cup in seven months’ time.
“The square does offer a bit of turn, which is what we want from this tour,” he said. “Certainly going back to the 2016 World Cup, we didn’t necessarily play on big turners.
“We want to go through that ourselves. We know when we play on a really flat surface our batting department is equipped, our bowling department is still learning and it’s challenging the better the wicket we play on. But in low-scoring T20 games we do need to get better so we’re looking forward to the challenge.”