Jofra Archer’s reaction after getting through a lot of criticism over breaching the bio-secure bubble has worried James Anderson. Archer had himself written that he needs to be mentally fit before returning to the field.
The young pacer had visited his house for one hour which subsequently led his ouster from the second Test.
He was heavily criticised for the incautious mistake which could have been a disaster as per England’s managing director Ashley Giles.
He was immediately sent under self-isolation for five days at Old Trafford’s hotel. Luckily, his two COVID-19 tests came out negative during that period.
After being fined and given a written warning from ECB’s disciplinary hearing, he was allowed to participate in the third Test, scheduled from 24 July(Friday).
James Anderson on Jofra Archer:
Although Jofra Archer is physically fit, James Anderson worries about his teammate’s mental fitness. The veteran pacer said that Archer would need to talk to the coach and captain before he prepares himself to get in the field.
“I’m sure he’ll want to play in this game because it’s such a crucial game, the series resting on it,” said the veteran bowler.
“He’s said about his frame of mind and that’s something that over the next two days he’s going to have to sit down with the captain and coach (Chris Silverwood) and figure out if he is in the right place to play.“
Fortunate to not have social media back then: James Anderson
Jofra Archer, in his article written for Daily Mail, has said that he has to mute and unfollow some people on social media to end the unnecessary voices.
He also expressed that he was racially abused on online platforms.
James Anderson also counts the drawback the social media carries. He also said that he was fortunate to not have such platforms in the initial stage of his career.
“It’s always something that can be difficult for guys coming into the international set-up because I think the scrutiny is very different, you do feel more under the spotlight.
“I was fortunate when I came into the England team, there was no social media back then, but the way people can get their opinions out there, it’s quite visible.”
The 25-year-old Jofra Archer notched three wickets in the first Test match though the host lost the first Test. The last and third Test will be the decider match as currently, the series is 1-1.