Despite his protests that there is “no reason to look back”, Archer is doing just that as he aims to pick up where he left off after nearly two years out of the international game, this year’s itinerary Gave him a chance to repeat his remarkable performance. Impressive in his first summer as an England player.
“Hopefully it can be a repeat of 2019,” Archer told reporters in Bloemfontein ahead of the opening game of the series. “We’ve got a 50-over World Cup again and an Ashes in the same year, please.
“There’s no reason to look back. I’ve done my time and I’m here now. That’s the most important thing. I’d probably say I’m about 80%. Just getting things right.
“I know that whenever I’m fully fit, I don’t think there’s much that can stop me, it’s just a matter of when it was going to happen. Playing cricket again for the first time a few weeks ago , [I’m] Still riding that wave of emotion.
“Hopefully in a couple of days it can go up another level. It’s been nice to play cricket and not really worry about how my body is responding. I think that’s it for me so far.” was the most important tick of.”
“I probably went a little crazy a month after I got back to Barbados, I found about five dogs in the space of four weeks,” Archer said. “The routine kept me going – cleaning up lots of poop and feeding lots of dogs! And I had my friends, my family, and the gym.
“I’m not going to be upset or bitter about how times have been. I think everything happens for a reason and I think there’s a reason I’m in South Africa right now.”
Mott said, “Having watched him from afar, I think he is one of the most exciting things to have happened to cricket in the last decade.” “He’s full-bodied, quick and brings so much energy. He’s one of those guys that if you’re sitting in the pub and he’s bowling, you’re going to watch. It’s a big deal.”
While Wood is not in South Africa, Archer has joined fellow seamers Olly Stone, Reece Topley, David Willey and Chris Woakes in the squad for the three-match series, which begins with two matches in Bloemfontein before moving to Kimberley. Is.
Mott said managing Archer’s return ahead of the Ashes and the World Cup in October was “not an exact science”.
“We’ll work with him, see how his body is coping,” Mott said. “I certainly think he is a high priority and will be managed as best as possible. Part of bringing him into the Test summer is making sure he is bowling enough.”
“He who is huge is not wasting too many balls in practice. He really loves his match balls and that is a big testament to his resilience. We ask him about his bowling load and how he is getting on. Well, we’ll keep talking about it.”