English fast bowler Jofra Archer has admitted that living in a bio-secured bubble has taken its toll on him and may have affected his performance as well. The fast bowler has spent a total of 87 days in the England bio bubble, having played all three formats for the side. He currently plays for England in the ongoing three-game ODI series against Australia.
Archer also said that life in the bubble ultimately affected his performance. After the ODI series ends, the bowler will head to UAE to play the upcoming IPL for Rajasthan Royals.
“I’ll tell you it was mentally challenging. We’ve been here for 16 weeks or something. I think it’s going to be rarer to go home or get back to normal. This has become the new normal. We will just have to adjust again when we have some free time. The time I spend bowling with the cue ball is a lot less than in Test cricket. You can’t run all day. It’s actually impossible to bowl with 150 all day. mph. If you can show me someone who does it, it’s fair play. I haven’t seen a single bowler doing a whole day with bowls at 90 mph, ”ESPN quoted Cricinfo Archer.
“It can also be different environments. A change of environment or a change of staff. Sometimes you feel like you hit a wall. Sometimes you just have to relax or you just have to stand still for a few days. To be honest I don’t know. which it is, but if you’re in a good mood, I feel like you’re probably going to bowl a little faster, “he added.
After the IPL 2020 is over, English players are ready to spend more time in the bio-safe bubble as they plan to visit South Africa for a limited-overs series in November. After that, Archer has a spell with the Hobart Hurricanes to look forward to in the Big Bash League (BBL).
However, the pacemaker has admitted that he might be taking a break from BBL and wanting to spend more time with his family.
“I’ll be honest with you. I’m not sure how many bubbles I have left in me for the rest of the year. Haven’t seen my family since February and it’s now September. The IPL is going into most of October. We’ll go to South Africa in November, well, hopefully we’ll go to South Africa. Then I’ll only have a few weeks in December for the rest of the year, “Archer said.
“I love my Hobart [BBL] family, but I think I should also spend some time with my real family. When the year turns, we are back in a bubble in the UAE and India or somewhere. Time with the family is very important, especially if you are in the bubble and you cannot physically see them. So every time I get, I try to spend with them, ”he added.
Archer was named Player of the Match in the second ODI against Australia when he scalped three wickets to help England defend a total of 231 to tie the three-game streak.
The last ODI of the series will be played on Wednesday September 16 at Emirates Old Trafford.
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