Jofra Archer said he needs to be “100% mentally right” to be able to play the third Test series against West Indies after receiving racial abuse on Social Media.
England’s Jofra Archer says he was racially abused after his breach of coronavirus protocols & is struggling to get into the right frame of mind to play in the decisive third Test against West Indies. The 25-year-old fast bowler was removed from the England squad that won the Second Test Match at Old Trafford on Monday due to an unauthorized trip to his home after the West Indies victory in the first Test in Southampton. He is free to play after two negative coronavirus tests.
Archer said that in his Daily Mail column published on Wednesday that he had not “committed a crime”. He said that some of the social media criticism he had received had been racist & felt uncertain about taking the field on Friday for the Final test match also at Old Trafford. “I need to be 100 percent mentally right so that I can throw myself into my cricket this week,” Archer wrote.
“If I play and don’t bowl 90 miles an hour it’s going to be news. If I don’t bowl 90 miles per hour for long enough it’s going to be news,” he added. Archer said that England had enough bowling resources if he was not ready to return. The second Test Match best performer Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, veteran James Anderson & mark Wood are available with England Squad. “I give 100 percent every time I go out there and I don’t want to go out on the field unless I can guarantee to do that,” Archer said.
The paceman, who was fined and issued with a written warning for his breach of the rules, thanked England star Ben Stokes for helping him “deal with being in the spotlight of international sport”.
Archer who was subjected to racial abuse by a spectator during a tour of New Zealand last year said he would no longer tolerate such racial comments online. “Some of the abuse I have taken over the past few days on Instagram has been racist and I have decided that enough is enough… so I have forwarded my complaints to the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board).”
Archer who burst into the International Scene last year when he bowled a decision depicting super Over in England’s World Cup final win over New Zealand said he wanted to look ahead. “I know what I did was an error of judgment and I have suffered the consequences of that,” he said. “I haven’t committed a crime and I want to start feeling myself again.”