Jofra Archer released from England’s Ashes squad, set to play two matches for Sussex
Jofra Archer wasn't included in playing XI for 1st Ashes Test. @AFP

England have released pacer Jofra Archer from the Ashes squad for the Test against Australia at Edgbaston to play for Sussex, the cricketing board confirmed on Thursday. In its release, Sussex Cricket revealed that Archer will be playing two matches for them – one T20 and a first-class contest, which will be a 2nd XI match against Gloucestershire.

Archer, who earned his maiden Test call-up for the first Test of the 2019 Ashes, did not make it to the playing XI with James Anderson returning to take the new ball with Stuart Broad after he missed the Ireland Test due to a calf injury. Chris Woakes is England’s third seamer in the ongoing Test.

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Archer is also nursing a side strain and is currently recovering from the issue. He had played World Cup with ‘excruciating pain’ and England did not risk the pacer in the first Ashes Test, thus delaying his Test debut.

The 24-year-old pacer will have a chance to bid for a place in the playing XI for the second Test that starts from August 14, giving him ample time to prove fitness.

Archer, though, played a T20 match for Sussex against Surrey last week.

The star of England’s World Cup 2019 campaign, Archer had successfully defended 16 runs in the super over in the final against New Zealand. England were adjudged as the winner on the basis of boundary count.

Meanwhile, England seamers led a great start in the ongoing first Ashes Test, getting rid of Australia top order quickly. Stuart Broad removed the openers David Warner (2) and Cameron Bancroft (8) cheaply before Usman Khawaja was dismissed by Chris Woakes on 13 off 23. Travis Head and Steve Smith led the recovery and had taken Australia to 83/3 when lunch was taken on Day 1.