Paceman Jofra Archer said on Tuesday that “body management” will be crucial during a busy year of cricket for England when he returns after a hiatus from the Test clash in India. England, which has at least 17 tests in 2021, including the Ashes, will start their India series of four games in Chennai on Friday. 25-year-old Archer, along with all-rounder Ben Stokes, was rested for the Sri Lanka tour when Joe Root’s England won the 2-match Test series 2-0 last month.
“It’s going to be a long, long year,” Archer told reporters after training in Chennai.
“We have a few series coming up. I think body management will be essential if I want to play everything, almost everything.”
The Barbados-born bowler joined his teammates, including coach Chris Silverwood and Jos Buttler, and praised the England and Wales Cricket Board for their rest-and-rotation policy during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Anyone who criticizes it has never spent time in the bubble. One golfer left after four days. We’ve been here for almost a year now,” he said.
“At the end of the day, people are social people and sometimes it gets tough, especially if you haven’t had a great game or if you’re not feeling well, but then there is no way around cricket.”
He added, “I think the ECB made it really great to give people (free time), I had six weeks away myself.”
“I think Jos (Buttler) will be ready after this game and Sam (Curran) will be gone for a while. So they make it a priority, everyone gets time off so we can come back refreshed and ready to go.”
Archer, who has become a staple in England’s pace attack since his 2019 debut, said he is ready to play in the team bubble for a few months.
“I don’t mind to be honest because I know I would make time so I’m just going to do my job now,” said Archer.
And when it gets too presumptuous, there’s no shame in saying so. But I think I can go well at the moment until at least July. ‘
Archer has claimed 38 wickets in 11 tests and 37 scalps in 24 limited-overs matches for the national team.
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