England fast bowler Jofra Archer has recently revealed that he endured "excruciating" pain due to a side injury during the second half of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 last month, and was not in a position to play without painkillers.
Archer was one of the chief players of England's victorious World Cup campaign, not to mention their first-ever triumph in the flagship tournament, and finished as their highest wicket-taker in the World Cup with 20 wickets. He was given the crucial task of bowling the Super Over as well in the final against New Zealand, helping his side to a thrilling win on boundary count.
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However, the paceman has recently revealed a side injury, sustained during England's fifth group game which was against Afghanistan, troubled him for the remaining tournament. "It was pretty
excruciating," Archer said. "I'm fortunate
it's settled quickly. It was pretty bad.
"I couldn't do it without painkillers, which was from the Afghanistan game onwards. I couldn't get a week's rest during the tournament, because of how close the games were. I only ever needed a week to 10 days."
Archer played all of England's 11 games in the World Cup Tournament, forming a very strong new-ball partnership with Chris Woakes.
He wasn't available in England's 143-run triumph in their One-Off Test against Ireland, but is eager to participate in the much-awaited Ashes series, beginning from 1st of August in Birmingham.
"I'm just ready to go out there and show the guys what I can do with a red ball," he said. "I think my red-ball record is better than my white-ball record, so I just can't wait to get the opportunity."