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England vs. West Indies: Jofra Archer could miss third test after revealing racist abuse | Cricket News


LONDON: Jofra Archer from England says he was racially abused after his violation of coronavirus protocols and is struggling to put himself in the right frame of mind to play in the third decisive test against the West Indies.
The 25-year-old fast bowler was omitted from the England team that won the second test at Old Trafford on Monday due to an unauthorized trip home after the West Indies’ victory in the first test at Southampton.
It is free to play after two negative coronavirus tests.
Archer said in his Daily Mail column published Wednesday that he had “not committed a crime.”
He said some of the social media criticism he had received had been racist and he felt unsure about taking the field on Friday for the Final Test, also at Old Trafford.
“I need to have 100% mental reason to be able to jump into my cricket this week,” Archer wrote.
“If I play 90 miles an hour, it will be news. If I don’t play 90 miles an hour long enough, it will be news.”
Archer said England had sufficient bowling resources if she was not ready to return.
Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, veteran James Anderson and Mark Wood are available in the second round.
“I give 100 percent every time I go out and I don’t want to go out there unless I can guarantee that,” Archer said.
The pacemaker, who was fined and issued a written warning for his breach of the rules, thanked English star Ben Stokes for helping him “deal with being in the limelight of international sport.”
Archer, born in Barbados, subjected to racist abuse by a viewer during a New Zealand tour last year, said he would no longer tolerate such comments online.
“Some of the abuse I have suffered over the past few days on Instagram has been racist and I have decided enough is enough … so I have sent my complaints to the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board).”
Archer, who burst onto the international scene last year when he defeated the decisive Super Over in England’s final World Cup victory over New Zealand, said he wanted to look to the future.
“I know that what I did was an error of judgment and I have suffered the consequences of that,” he said. “I have not committed a crime and I want to start feeling again.”

Times of India