Well, many international teams for the upcoming T20 World Cup are grappling with injury concerns. Recently for Australia, their three frontline players (Starc, M Marsh and Stoinis) have been sidelined for low-level injury issues. Even other teams like India and SA are missing their ace players like Ravindra Jadeja and Rassie van der Dussen.
However, amidst all this, a certain set of international pacers are making a comeback for the mega ICC event. While a few of them were missing action since April 2022, others have been away since July. Nevertheless, their availability now is a big boon for their respective sides to prepare for the World T20.
Therefore in this list, let’s check out these 5 pacers who are coming back after injury for the 2022 T20 World Cup.
In the upcoming home Australia T20I series, Jasprit Bumrah is all set to make his comeback. Since July after the England tour, this speedster was facing back problems. The back spasms that Bumrah was enduring before the Asia Cup had led to his omission from the continental event. Later on, when the cricketer travelled to NCA for his rehab, a niggle was also detected.
However, the 28-year-old’s rehab in Bangalore has allowed him to get fit for the upcoming games. Undoubtedly, for the ICC event in Australia, Bumrah will be leading India’s bowling attack. More importantly, the eight T20Is before the mega event would also be sufficient for him to find his groove.
Perhaps for the precautionary measures, the selectors have also called back Mohammad Shami to replace Bumrah in case the need arises in Australia. Overall, the back injury that was haunting Bumrah was somewhat similar to his previous back problems. But thankfully, the extensive rehab has allowed the speedster to fully get ready for the 2022 World T20.
This English pacer has sadly been out of action since March 2022. It was during England’s Test tour of the Caribbean when Wood suffered an elbow injury. Though originally, the speedster was expected to get fit in three months, his recovery has taken a prolonged time. Unfortunately in between Wood had played a club-level game but his injury further got aggravated.
Perhaps to fully now recuperate, Wood has undergone two surgeries and also was expected to train during the Oval Test against SA. More importantly, the 32-year-old is now available for both the Pakistan tour and the T20 World Cup.
Overall, as England still misses its express pacer- Jofra Archer, Wood’s comeback is a big blessing for them. Also throughout their summer fixtures, the Lions have especially played with depleted pace attacks involving many new faces. All in all, hopefully, the Pakistan T20Is will allow Wood to get ready for the mega ICC event.
Just like Jasprit Bumrah, even Harshal Patel had missed the entire Asia Cup. The pacer while being selected for the WI tour had a rib injury that sadly benched him from participation. However, it was in the middle of the tour that Harshal’s injury was found pressing. Eventually, the 31-year-old had to rehab in the NCA to gain full fitness.
Perhaps his comeback, just like Bumrah is now all set to happen against Australia at home. Interestingly, Harshal’s role as a death-over specialist also faces competition from Arshdeep Singh. So far in 2022, Harshal has scalped 19 wickets in 15 T20Is at an economy of 8.5.
Comprehensively, this cricketer will now have to fight for his place in India’s World T20 playing XI. Optimistically, the home T20I matches will also be vital for Harshal to gain back his full rhythm.
Well, Chris Woakes’s knee injury has been a long teasing one for the entire summer. The cricketer has been out of action since March 2022. Earlier his knee problem was perceived to be a minor soreness. However, to gain his full fitness back, Woakes had to undergo surgery in July.
Though in between, the 33-year-old had played some junior-level cricket, Woakes still lacked his complete fitness. Agonizingly his knee problems made enough appearances especially when the pacer tried to train hard. Nevertheless, after his surgery, Woakes now looks to be ready to play again for the Lions. The seamer before the World Cup is also playing the Pakistan series to get the hang of T20Is.
Overall, this bowling all-rounder will be a vital cog for England in the 2022 World T20. Hopefully, the seven T20Is also allow him to fully exert himself with his all-around skills before the ICC tournament.
In England’s prolonged list of injured players, Chris Jordan is the latest pacer. Adversely, Jordan’s injury took its shape when the cricketer was fielding his own bowling. While representing Southern Brave in the Hundred game, Jordan’s middle finger of his right hand received trouble. Immediately post that game, the speedster had withdrawn himself from the competition.
However, the 33-year-old is still selected for the ICC event. The bowling all-rounder though will miss the Pakistan T20Is his availability in Australia is fully certain. Agonizingly as the Lions will miss their ace pacer Jofra Archer, Jordan is expected to bowl the difficult overs.
Nonetheless, only England’s warmup fixtures will be the few games for Jordan to gain his T20I rhythm back. Hopefully, the bowler will use all his BBL experience to deliver highly for England.