James Anderson says England captain Joe Root will need to speak to Jofra Archer to find out if he’s mentally ready to return for Friday’s decisive test against the West Indies after the quick pitcher revealed he suffered racist abuse on the West Indies. Social networks. Archer is available for the third test at Old Trafford after the paceman missed England’s series-level victory on the same pitch following a violation of coronavirus protocols.
In a Daily Mail column published Wednesday, Archer admitted an error in judgment but said he had not “committed a crime”.
He said some of the criticism he faced on social media following the incident was racist and that he reported the comments to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
“I have to be 100% mentally right to be able to jump into my cricket this week,” Archer wrote.
“If I play and I don’t play 90 miles an hour, it will be news. If I don’t play 90 miles an hour long enough, it will be news,” he added.
Anderson, England’s all-time leader, told a press conference the players hadn’t seen much of their teammate because he has been isolated.
“I’m sure he’ll want to play in this game because it’s such a crucial game, the series rests on it,” said the veteran bowler.
“He spoke about his state of mind, and it’s something that over the next couple of days he’ll have to sit down with the captain and coach (Chris Silverwood) and figure out if he’s in the right place to play.”
Asked what advice he would give Archer, Anderson said, “It’s always something that can be difficult for guys entering the international setup because I think the exam is very different, you feel more in the spotlight.
“I was lucky when I joined the England squad, there were no social media back then, but the way people can voice their opinion is visible enough.”
Anderson, who turns 38 later this month, said it was important to find methods of dealing with the pressure, whether it turned to family, friends, fellow players, or coaches.
Even though Archer isn’t playing, England have a number of options in the rhythm department.
Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Mark Wood, and Anderson, who have rested for the second test, are all available, with the teams level at 1-1 in the three-match series.
In his diary column, Archer, 25, said he had to be sure he was in the right frame of mind before playing.
“I give 100% every time I go out there, and I don’t want to go out on the pitch unless I can guarantee I will,” he said.
The fast was fined and given a written warning for breaking the rules governing the first round of international cricket since the lockdown.
Archer, the victim of racist abuse by a spectator while touring New Zealand last year, said he would not tolerate such comments online either.
“Some of the abuses I took in the last few days on Instagram were racist, and I decided that was enough is enough… so I forwarded my complaints to the ECB,” he mentioned.