JOFRA ARCHER has his sights on completing a summer clean sweep with England but admits he has just about had enough of life in the bubble.
Victory in tomorrow’s third and final one-dayer with Australia at Old Trafford would add to another series victory to the Tests over West Indies and Pakistan, Ireland ODIs and T20s against Pakistan and Australia.
Fast bowler Archer is targeting one final push after producing a man-of-the-match performance with three wickets, a fourth successive dismissal of David Warner (above) and countless 90mph deliveries to make it one win each in the three-game series.
‘I remember when we first came into the bubble, we said we wanted a clean sweep of the summer,’ he said. ‘That’s what we set out to do. I think we have it in sight. We have done great up until now and we just need to go and do it.’
Archer has been involved from the start and, at 87 days, has spent more time than any other player inside England’s bio-secure bubble, designed to mitigate the risk of coronavirus.
‘I don’t have much bubble time left in me,’ the paceman told the BBC.
‘I haven’t seen my family really since February. The IPL will be most of October. November, we’re hopefully going to South Africa. That leaves me with a few weeks (free from the bubble) in December.’
Archer also responded to critics who ask why the fearsome pace he has produced in shorter formats is not seen more regularly in Test cricket.
‘It is impossible to run in the whole day bowling at 90mph,’ he explained.
‘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. But if you’re in a good frame of mind, I feel you’ll probably bowl a bit faster.’
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