England’s premier bowler Jofra Archer has admitted the fact that living in a bio-secure bubble, has been mentally challenging for him. He believes that the new routine has also somewhere affected his performance.
Jofra Archer, who is currently playing against Australia in the ODI series, has played two-Test series and one T20I series since the cricket activities have resumed after the outbreak of coronavirus. While playing all the series, he had to live in the bubble until the completion of the series.
Moreover, the youngster had to also live for an extra six days in isolation after violating the bubble as he visited his home for one hour in between the series. He was heavily criticized for his irresponsible behaviour. Overall, Archer has spent over 87 days in the bubble longer than any player.
While talking to ESPNCricinfo, Jofra Archer acknowledged that the players would have to adjust themselves according to the new norm although it has not been an easy task for him. He said that the meeting family has become rarer after COVID-19.
“I’ll tell you, it has been mentally challenging,” Archer said. “We’ve been in here for 16 weeks or something like that. I think it is going to be rarer going home or being normal again. Here has become the new norm. We’ll just have to adjust again when we get some time off.
If I feel good, I ball faster: Jofra Archer
Talking about his consistency in pace, Archer said that “a change of scenery or a change of personnel” might have refreshed him to keep with the performance after he felt as if he had “hit a wall” at times during the summer.
“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. 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.
“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,” Archer said.
Jofra Archer believes that keeping himself in a good frame of mind helps him to ball faster and at a good pace.
“I honestly don’t know what it is but if you’re in a good frame of mind I feel you’ll probably bowl a bit faster. On Sunday, I didn’t feel as though I was bowling that fast. At times I felt I’ve bowled faster. For me as long as I feel good, I don’t care what speed I’m bowling at,” Archer.
In the two ODIs against Australia, Jofra Archer has picked three wickets in each match. Currently, the three-match series is level at 1-1 and the decider will be played on Wednesday.