Jofra Archer is set to play Championship cricket for Sussex in early-season.

The ECB want the fast bowler to turn out in four-day action with his county as he builds his fitness for the Test summer.

That means missing out on the IPL and turning his focus to Hove.

Archer is making progress after a stress fracture to his right elbow.

He will have a further scan in mid-April before a return to competitive cricket.

An ECB statement read: “Archer’s focus will be playing for England, starting with the West Indies Test series, which commences in early June. He will play County Championship cricket in May for Sussex to ensure his preparation is optimal for Test cricket.”

Sussex have four County Championship matches in May, two at the 1st Central County Ground against Leicestershire (May 1-4) and Glamorgan (May 8-11). They are then away to Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

The county would love to see Archer running in at Hove.

Archer will work closely with ECB Young Lions coach and seam bowling specialist Jon Lewis and Sussex seam bowling coach James Kirtley in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile Sussex players not involved in, or just returned from, action overseas will fly to Cape Town tomorrow for their pre-season training camp.