England pacer Jofra Archer has played a vital role in the recent success of the team in all three formats of the game in the last 18 months.
It has been a busy summer for him, beginning with the Test series against West Indies, followed by the series against Pakistan and now the white-ball series against Australia.
There was also a controversial step taken by him where he breached the bio-secure bubble during the series against West Indies, and then had to go through a long-drawn process to get back in the team.
The bowler has recently admitted to going through mentally-challenging times in the last couple of months, particularly due to the pressure of being in a bio-secure bubble and has admitted that it has certainly had a toll on his game.
“I’ll tell you, it has been mentally challenging. We’ve been in here [bio-secure bubble] 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.”
He also said that living in the bio-bubble, the monotony can at times get to the players, and stressed on the importance of a change in scenery for everyone.
“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.”
As long as I feel good, I don’t care what speed I’m bowling at: Archer
There have been talks about the mental toll affecting his bowling and particularly his speed, but Archer didn’t seem convinced about that connection.
“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.
For me as long as I feel good, I don’t care what speed I’m bowling at.”
Talking about the future tournaments and having to stay in bio-secure bubbles every time, he did admit that he wasn’t sure how long he could go on doing that.
“I’ll be honest with you. I’m not sure how many more bubbles I’ve got left in me for the rest of the year.
“I haven’t seen my family really since February and it’s September now. The IPL is going to take up most of October. In November we go to South Africa; well, hopefully, we go to South Africa. That only leaves me with a few weeks in December for the rest of the year.”