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Thorpe hopeful over Archer and Wood

22nd January 2020, 16:46 by Simon Barlow

Jofra Archer looks ready to play in the fourth Test against South Africa in Johannesburg, but Mark Wood may miss out for England.

England assistant coach Graham Thorpe says Archer is feeling less pain after missing two Test matches with an elbow injury.

The Sussex paceman bowled around seven overs in the nets on Wednesday and is pushing his claims for a return to Joe Root's side.

"[Archer] bowled well and the pain seems to be decreasing, which is good." Thorpe said.

"We're just getting his rhythm; his bowls were good."

The 24-year-old bowled 36 overs in the first-Test defeat at Centurion before missing the next two Tests, which England won in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

The pitch at the Wanderers ground is expected to be fast and bouncy, so England could go on with Archer and Wood - if the latter is fully fit too.

The Durham star is not certain to be available on Friday after playing his first competitive match since the World Cup final in July at Port Elizabeth last week.

Thorpe added: "We have to see how Mark Wood comes up as well. He has not played back-to-back Test matches for a long time.

"Fingers crossed we can pick from a full set - that's what you want."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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