Archer finished the World Cup with a rich haul of 20 scalps Getty

Jofra Archer, who played a key role in the England men's team maiden World Cup triumph, revealed that he endured excruciating pain due to a side injury during the second half of the mega event, and that he had to manage it through painkillers owing to the lack of adequate rest time.

Midway into the tournament, it was during the match against Afghanistan - England's fifth game of the World Cup - when Archer suffered the injury. With England effectively facing must-win situations in their last two matches against India and New Zealand during the round-robin phase, the hosts couldn't afford to rest Archer.

The Barbados-born pacer bagged 20 wickets in the competition to finish as the joint third highest wicket-taker, and also bowled the crucial Super Over in the final against New Zealand, which also ended in a tie as England edged Kane Williamson's team on boundary count.

"It was pretty excruciating. I'm fortunate it's settled quickly. It was pretty bad. I couldn't do it without painkillers, which was from the Afghanistan game onwards. I couldn't get a week's rest in during the tournament because of how close the games were. I only ever needed a week to 10 days," Archer recalled when he spoke to BBC Sussex.

England's premier weapon in their World Cup success, Archer is now setting his sights on red-ball cricket and the upcoming Ashes. "I'm just ready to go out there and show the guys what I can do with a red ball. I think my red-ball record is better than my white-ball record, so I just can't wait to get the opportunity," he said.