Nasser Hussain understands that Jofra Archer would not be mentally fit to play the last Test match against West Indies after facing a lot of criticism because of irresponsible behaviour.
Archer had visited his home ahead of the second Test match, breaching the bio-secure bubble. His mistake would have cost tens of millions of pounds to ECB as per England’s managing director Ashley Gills.
ECB immediately dropped him ahead of the second Test match. He was kept under the self-isolation period for five days.
Luckily, the two COVID-19 tests of Jofra Archer have come out as negative. He is available to play the last decider match of series. But Nasser Hussain doubts that the 25-year old pacer would be able to give his best in Manchester.
Someone has to put an arm around his shoulder: Nasser Hussain
Hussain stated it will difficult for him to overcome things that have been said about Archer in the last few days while he was in self-isolation in Manchester. He added that the pacer needs support from his teammates and others to let him out of the mental breakdown.
“It’s made even more difficult by the fact that he had to go into isolation for five days, when he’s had time to read all the stuff that’s been written about him, and mull everything over,” Hussain wrote in his column for Daily Mail.
“It can’t be healthy, and I’m sure the ECB understand they have a duty of care towards him now. Someone has to put an arm around his shoulder, and make sure he’s OK, and it was good to hear that Joe Root and Ben Stokes have done just that.
Hussain’s advise to Jofra Archer:
Jofra Archer has mentioned that he was racially abused on social media after his mistake. To avoid the outer voices, he had to also mute and unfollow some people on online platforms.
After seeing Jofra’s reaction, Nasser Hussain had said that the only way the youngster could play is if he calms himself and stays positive.
“As things stand, I don’t see how he can play in Friday’s third Test, when England will need him to be on top of his game.
“If he turns around and says, ‘Look, I had a meltdown, I’ve got it out of my system, and I’m ready to play,’ that’s different. But it’s clear that he feels extremely hurt by the reaction to what he did,” he added.
In the first Test match. Jofra Archer picked three wickets in West Indies’ second innings but his team lost the match by four wickets. England has levelled the series after winning the Test match at Old Trafford and will now look to clinch the series.