Former West Indies pacer Michael Holding reckons Jofra Archer will easily move on from the prevailing situation because he has got good teammates. Holding’s remark came after the England pacer opened up on his mental state after going through massive criticism for breaching the bio-secure bubble.
Jofra Archer was under five-day self-isolation and was dropped ahead of the second Test match against West Indies at Old Trafford. During that period, several negative opinions were given over his irresponsible mistake which had depressed the youngster.
The pacer in the Daily Mail column had also stated that he was racially abused on social media. He labelled the career in sports as ‘fickle’.
Archer went on to add that he would have to be in the right frame of mind before playing the last Test match against West Indies in Manchester.
Jofra Archer Should Ignore Outer Voices: Michael Holding
Michale Holding opines that England’s team environment will help Jofra Archer to cope up with the tough situation. He believes that friends like Ben Stokes will support Archer to be positive and focus on the game.
“To be honest, I don’t think it should be that difficult. The environment in which he is, he’s in a team that has just won the last Test match,” Holding said on ‘Sky Sports’.
“He’s amongst friends in the England team; he has Ben Stokes, who he is very close to, who is a personable person and also a positive person.
The veteran said that Jofra Archer should ignore outer voices and concentrate on his job. He was also against the usage of social media.
“So he should just make sure that he gets involved with the team, forgets about all the outside noise and just do what he can do. He is potentially a great bowler so he should just concentrate on that,” Holding added.
“I don’t know exactly what is happening within the England team but I do know that in successful teams people stick together and support each other. I think that is what he needs to concentrate his mind on and forget about everything else.”
Jofra Archer is included in the 14-men squad for the final Test being played in Manchester.