Cricket news - Not sure how many bio-bubbles I've got left in me for rest of the year: Archer

Archer opened up on how mentally challenging it has been to constantly be in a bio-bubble and away from family

Archer opened up on how mentally challenging it has been to constantly be in a bio-bubble and away from family

Jofra Archer, the England pacer, has admitted that being in the bio-bubble has been mentally-challenging and he isn't sure if he will have the energy to continue being away from home if he has to tour Australia for the Big Bash League later in the year.

International cricket resumed in England in July when they played West Indies, followed by a series against reland, Pakistan and Australia. While Archer was rested from the limited overs sides for a couple of series, he hasn't had more than nine days outside the bubble.

Once when he left the bio-secure environment unauthorised - after the first Test against West Indies - a long-drawn process had to take place to quarantine him and bring him back to the game, leaving the England and Wales Cricket Board and the team management disappointed.

However, after almost two months of continuous cricket, he is unsure how many more '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."

The mental challenges have taken a toll on his game as well. Not surprisingly, as the summer has proceeded, his pace has seen a significant dip.

"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, where England defended a low score and Archer was adjudged player of the match for his three wickets. "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.

"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."

The England pacer has stressed on the need for a change in scenery, the stress of which a few other England players had also spoken of earlier. "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."

If it isn't all that bad already, Archer is set to fly to the UAE for IPL the day after the final ODI against Australia - where he may have to quarantine before almost a two-month long tournament gets underway. Thereafter, he has to return to England, quarantine again for a scheduled series against South Africa and then head to India go through a similar drill.

Amidst all that, he also has a signed contract with Hobart Hurricanes for the BBL this season, and he isn't sure if there is enough gas left in him to play there.

"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," he said. "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.

"I love my Hobart family but I think I need to spend some time with my real family as well. When the year turns, we're going to be back in a bubble in the UAE and India or somewhere. Family time is really important especially when you're in the bubble and you can't see them physically. So any time I get I try to spend with them."