Jofra Archer: I felt like I had let everyone down after missing Ashes series

England's fast-bowler has struggled with an elbow injury which kept him out of the side for the 4-0 Ashes thumping last month.

Jofra Archer has now been out of action for 10 months, with the 26-year-old undergoing two operations on his elbow.

In that time he's missed 12 Test matches, of which England have only won one in his absence.

That includes the 4-0 Ashes defeat still fresh in the memory, where England struggled to match Australia in any department.

The good news is that Archer, who played a crucial part in England's World Cup-winning campaign, has been pictured back in training this week.

He's joined up with the side in Barbados, where he's trained with the limited-overs squad. Despite this, the fast-bowler still sees himself as a Test player in the future.

Having been forced to watch England's disappointment Down Under, Archer said, "Watching the Ashes, I felt like I had let everyone down a little bit, when you see fast bowlers taking 90 per cent of the wickets - but you don't get injured on purpose.

"Of course, I want to be part of making this England team a success, but this past year has taught me that you can plan all you want, then something happens to change everything."

If his recovery continues to progress well, then we could see Archer link up with the Test team in the West Indies next month.

"I might even get to partake in training wholly and won't feel like the physios are monitoring me all the time.

"The fun police won't be out any more! Even now if I am throwing, I could turn round and see Ben Langley, the physio, watching me and saying with a look, 'No more intensity'.

"Right now, I can do everything but it's small steps. I have no idea when I will be playing matches, I am just trying to build up and it's all about what I can tolerate at any given time.

"I've waited long enough so it makes no sense rushing the last bit. I've got five months at my disposal, so it will be whenever I'm ready."

England's T20 series against the West Indies finishes on Sunday, before the Test team prepare for three matches in March.

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