Former England captain Michael Vaughan, after seeing the seriousness of Jofra Archer’s negligence, is doubtful for his comeback in the Third Test against West Indies. Archer was dropped hours before the start of the second Test match after he violated the bio-secure environment.
Jofra Archer had stopped in his house for one hour during his travel from the Ageas Bowl to Old Trafford.
For the safety of players, ECB had created the bio-secure bubble which means that the player will not be allowed to contact any outsider beside their staff members and players participating in the Test series. But the pacer broke the protocol as he visited his house at Brighton.
After the board got acquainted with Jofra’s irresponsible behaviour, they decided to drop him from the squad ahead of the second Test match. Currently, he is being quarantined for five days during which he would undergo two COVID-19 Tests.
Michael Vaughan doubts Jofra Archer’s place in the third Test:
Michael Vaughan is uncertain of Archer’s participation in the last Test match because his incautious behaviour would have cancelled the whole tournament.
“The fact that he was willing to go home and potentially threaten the series by bringing Covid-19 back into the bubble will mean that he is on the naughty step for a while, I am afraid,” Vaughan wrote in ‘The Telegraph’.
“Realistically, it would be hard for him to play next week. I do not think they can bring him back in for the third test,” he added.
Archer is a young kid and this is really the first mistake: Former England Captain
However, Vaughan believes that Archer should be forgiven because he is still young and learning from his experience. He said that people should be supportive while he isolates himself in the hotel.
“We have also got to understand that he is a young kid and this is really the first mistake he has made. What is important is that he learns, but also that he gets a little bit of support over the next five days – he is going to be locked in his room, no-one can see him. He needs people on the phone supporting him,” Vaughan wrote.
“You do not want to leave a young player, who has made a mistake, like that, on his own to have all the thoughts and gather a lot of negativity. He is online, he will have seen a lot of the responses to what he has done.”
Jofra Archer was the match-winner for England in the dramatic super-over World Cup 2019 grand-finale against New Zealand. He bowled the super over and guided the team to lift their maiden trophy.