There is no quick way back af­ter self­ish act

Archer will prob­a­bly have to sit out the next Test, too, but this tal­ented young­ster can be given sec­ond chance

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - Michael Vaughan For­mer Eng­land cap­tain

There is a trust that you buy into as a team when you get asked not to go home and not to see your fam­i­lies – you only have to look at the sac­ri­fices the West Indies play­ers have made to al­low this se­ries to go ahead. They came here on June 8 and have been locked in at cricket grounds and can­not go out to see any­body.

The self­ish na­ture of what Jofra Archer did means he has got to earn the trust of the dress­ing room once again.

You are not telling me that James An­der­son did not want to nip home on Mon­day to see his girls, who live two miles away from the ground here at Old Traf­ford, or Chris Woakes to go to see his fam­ily. All the play­ers and coach­ing staff would have loved the op­por­tu­nity to just nip home. Archer has bro­ken the team dis­ci­pline and the cul­ture, so Eng­land had no op­tion but to leave him out.

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. 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.

But 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 from his per­spec­tive 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.

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.

It is very dif­fi­cult to say how Joe Root should do it. Per­son­ally, I would be speak­ing to Archer on a day-to-day ba­sis to make sure he is all right. If I was his cap­tain, I would be p----- off that he has bro­ken the rules, be­cause there are a num­ber of the team who would love to go home to see fam­ily.

The more that I see the biobub­ble, the more I see how hard it is for the play­ers. For them not to be able to see their fam­i­lies at all or pop home – I think it is dif­fi­cult.

So, even though the Eng­land and

Wales Cricket Board was very clear in what it told the play­ers to do, I was not sur­prised ac­tu­ally when I found out that one player had bro­ken the bub­ble, be­cause of how in­tense it is.

Should the ECB have had cars for the play­ers? I am not so sure. Per­son­ally, I would al­low the play­ers the re­spon­si­bil­ity to get to Manch­ester. A bit of peace and quiet on their own is prob­a­bly a good thing.

It did not sur­prise me that it was bro­ken – that is why I think we have got to be rea­son­able with crit­i­cism. When you are a short dis­tance from your home, there is such a temp­ta­tion just to nip in to say hello.

We should not throw Archer un­der the bus. He will be back. He prob­a­bly needs more aware­ness of what he is do­ing out­side the game, but I do not want him to lose a char­ac­ter that is very mod­ern, very unique.

He needs to un­der­stand the risk that he brought upon the whole se­ries – it was an ac­tion of self­ish­ness – be­cause our game can­not sur­vive a se­ries that could have been aban­doned.

That is not to say he can­not come back. It is not to say that he will not make the odd mis­take in the fu­ture, which he will. But in a cou­ple of weeks’ time, against Pak­istan, I am sure he will be back.

Archer is a spe­cial talent. He has gifts no other English bowlers have. Eng­land need him tak­ing the new ball later this sum­mer, and then when the next Ashes comes around.

He needs to un­der­stand the risk that he brought upon the whole se­ries with his be­hav­iour

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