England pacer Jofra Archer has said that he is unsure of how many bio-bubbles are left in him for the rest of the year, given that there is so much of cricket still to be played. Archer will head to the UAE to play the IPL after the ongoing ODI series against England. Thereafter he will play the Big Bash League later this year.
International cricket resumed in England in July when they played West Indies, followed by a series against Ireland, Pakistan and Australia. Jofra Archer also has been continuously playing with the team and has had only nine days to stay outside the bubble. In between that he missed the ECB had ruled Archer out of the second Test against Pakistan after he broke the quarantine protocol and paid a visit to his home.
However, after almost two months of continuous cricket, Jofra Archer is unsure how many more bio-bubbles are left in him.
“I’ll tell you, it has been mentally challenging,” Archer admitted. “We’ve been in here for 16 weeks or something like that. I think it is going to be more rare going home or being normal again. Here it has become the new norm. We’ll just have to adjust again when we get some time off.”
Test more difficult than ODIs in bio-bubble – Archer
Jofra Archer also spoke on the challenges he has faced more mentally and physically in the meantime. “The time I spend bowling with the white ball is a lot less than in Test cricket. You can’t run in the whole day,” Archer said after his match-winning spell against Australia in the second ODI.
“It is actually impossible to run in the whole day bowling at 90mph. If you can show me someone who does it then fair play. I’ve not seen any bowler who bowls 90mph do it for a whole day” Archer said about playing red-ball cricket in recent times.
Jofra Archer also stressed on the fact that players should be allowed to stay in a different environment for a while, of which some England players spoke about as well.
“It might be different environments as well. A change of scenery or a change of personnel. You do sometimes feel like you hit a wall. Sometimes you just need to relax or just need to switch your mind off for a few days” concluded the England pacer.