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Morgan confident Archer will be fully fit for T20 opener against India

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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.


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