Jofra Archer admits he was in ‘excruciating pain’ during the Cricket World Cup despite helping England to glory.
The Barbados-born bowler was fast-tracked into the hosts’ one-day international side in time for the tournament.
He took a crucial 20 wickets en-route to Eoin Morgan’s men solidifying their status as the best 50-over team in world cricket.
But Archer, who bowled England’s super-over in the final at Lord’s, says a strain he picked up mid-way through the tournament against Afghanistan threatened to derail their success.
"It was pretty excruciating," he told BBC Sussex. "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 in during the tournament because of how close the games were. I only ever needed a week to 10 days."
The clash against Afghanistan was the hosts fifth match out of the 11 that they would eventually play.
It meant that Archer - currently gunning for an Ashes berth - did not get a period of rest to in a frantic schedule.
And ahead of England’s squad announcement for the Test series against Australia - of which it is assumed he will make the cut - the 24-year-old says he has now recovered.
"I'm just ready to go out there and show the guys what I can do with a red ball,” he added.
"I think my red-ball record is better than my white-ball record, so I just can't wait to get the opportunity."
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