Archer says ‘body management’ key in busy England calendar

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Paceman Jofra Archer said Tuesday that “body management” will be crucial during a busy year of cricket for England as he returns after a break for the Test clash in India.
England, who have at least 17 Tests including the Ashes scheduled in 2021, begin their four-match India series in Chennai on Friday.

The 25-year-old Archer, along with Ben Stokes, was rested for the Sri Lanka tour as Joe Root’s England swept the two-Test series 2-0 last month.

“It’s going to be a long long year,” Archer told reporters after a training session in Chennai. “We’ve got a few series coming up. I think body management is going to be essential if I want to play everything, almost everything.” The Barbados-born bowler joined his teammates including coach Chris Silverwood and Jos Buttler in lauding the England and Wales Cricket board for their rest-and-rotate policy during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Anyone that’s criticising it never spent time in the bubble. One golfer left after four days. We have been in here for almost a year now,” he said.

“At the end of the day humans are social people and sometimes it gets hard, especially if you’ve not had a great game or if you are not feeling good but then in cricket there is no escape.” He added: “I think the ECB has made it really great to give people (time off), myself I had six weeks away.—AFP