During the recent Southampton Test between England and West Indies, the veteran Caribbean pacer Tino Best and the 25-year-old English pacer Jofra Archer were involved in a tweet war. Best feels that Archer shouldn’t have replied to him in the middle of a Test match.
It was the first Test of the ongoing three-match Test series between England and West Indies which Southampton hosted between 8th and 12th July. It was also the first international match since the sudden stoppage from the middle of March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
During West Indies’ first innings batting in that Test, English pacer Jofra Archer finished with the wicket-less bowling figures (22-3-61-0). After that innings, the 38-year-old Tino Best heavily criticised Archer’s bowling speed. Best even asked why Archer was selected over Stuart Broad in that Test match.
Later, Archer teased him by asking him why he wasn’t a coach yet.
Best then replied by claiming that his pace dropped since the Ashes 2019. Archer then tweeted without taking any name, “You must live a miserable life”
My first tweet was that he was bowling military medium, and that he can bowl faster than that: Tino Best about Jofra Archer
Best has now claimed that he didn’t expect any reply from the Barbados-born English cricketer Archer in the middle of that Test match. The Caribbean right-arm fast bowler, who played 57 international matches from 2003 to 2014, wasn’t trying to disrespect Archer. And the senior also advised that the youngster would realise with the time progress that he couldn’t fight every battle.
Recently, Archer told Sportskeeda, “The whole Jofra Archer thing was just blown out of proportion. To be honest, when I tweeted, it was only about the way he was bowling in the first innings. He didn’t put in as much effort as I saw from Mark Wood and Jimmy Anderson. I thought he was just going through the motions a little bit.”
He continued, “I am here in Barbados; I didn’t expect him to reply. My first tweet was that he was bowling military medium, and that he can bowl faster than that. You’ve got Wood who was absolutely steaming in every ball, and then you’ve got him (Archer) a little lethargic in his approach.”
“He then replied saying I should be a coach, so I asked him not to attack me personally. I wasn’t trying to disrespect him in any way. But he was in the middle of a Test match, and I don’t think he should have replied. The older you get, you realise that you can’t fight every battle.”
In the fourth innings of that Test, Archer bowled impressively and bagged three wickets. He finished that innings with the bowling figures of 17-3-45-3. However, West Indies finally managed to win that Test by four wickets as they chased down the 200 runs target in the fourth innings after losing six wickets.