The aberration in England bowling attack, Jofra Archer, has come of age in his short career. He was instrumental to England's success in the ICC World Cup 2019 triumph and in the Ashes this year ?— where the hosts managed to draw the action-packed series 2-2.
The fame, spotlight, and the workload over the past few months have been exhausting for the bowling spearhead. He is still trying to wrap his head around the overwhelming success after meeting the eligibility for England on residency basis in March and his quick integration in the England set-up.
"It has most definitely been good to get away...playing at this level is demanding and taxing on the body," Jofra told Sportsmail about the time he is taking off the field.
Jofra had a dream start to his career as the young sensation bagged 20 wickets in the ICC World Cup and was an important cog in the wheel in England's side that won the maiden World Cup title in July. The kind of value that he adds to the otherwise more or less one-dimensional bowling line-up, Jofra has surely earned the right to a vacation.
Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes were the standout performers in the World Cup © Getty Images
He was the talk of the town even before the Ashes kicked off and the media was abuzz about him. He didn't disappoint his newfound fan club and looked menacing for the most part of the gruelling Ashes series.
The bowler, who has the uncanny ability to spear heat-seeking yorkers, fiery bumpers and not to mention his ability to clock 150 clicks with a ridiculous amount of ease, signify his importance to England side. It is a no-brainer that England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has allowed Archer a break after the final Ashes Test.
Archer has revealed that he will keep the Xbox (gaming console) with him on his trip to New Zealand and play his favourite game Fortnite. Furthermore, when asked about the World Cup victory, he is still in awe of what his team has pulled off amid the controversial circumstances in which the final was won.
"It's not until I go into the living room and see my medal and then I think 'yeah I helped achieve that'. I still can't believe that we've won it and the margin of how we won it by as well," an ambivalent Archer shared his thoughts on the nail-biting finish of this year's World Cup.
"I just want to play... I'll do whatever it takes," revealed the Sussex quick.
About the break after packed summer, Jofra said: "I have not seen a cricket ball in four weeks! It has most definitely been good to get away as I think your body needs a break but your mind needs it more than anything.
Regarding the intensity and the physical demands of international cricket, he remarked: "This summer has taught me how hard international cricket is. It was a bit of a step up with England for the first few months for me. Playing at this level is demanding and taxing on the body. I think the key is managing your body and time as well.
The bowling spearhead is gearing up for the next assignment - the tour of New Zealand in November. He won't be in action during the T20 series but will feature in the two-Test matches.
Archer reckons the confidence in the side has been sky high after a memorable summer.
"I haven't been around the boys but I can tell you that the last game of the summer that we had, we won and everyone was in a really good mood."
Archer is open to experimenting and hasn't been a naysayer as far as the prospects of 'The Hundred' proposed competition is concerned. He says the same T20 cricket mindset will prevail in the 100-ball match.
"I'm not going in there with any expectations as I'm going in with an open mind. This is a new format and you never know where it could go, it could be the next best thing," Jofra said while sharing his thoughts on the new format.
The new limited-overs inaugural tournament will commence from July 2020, with eight teams from major cities in England. The overs will be ten balls long.
The opinion is divided on The Hundred competition among the cricket circles, but the purists had similar reservations with the advent of T20 cricket. Nevertheless, Archer is optimistic about the new addition into the existing cricket formats.
"I think it will do straight away", he replied when inquired about how the tournament will pan out.