Root: Archer is bowl­ing at speed of light

Eng­land pace­man is fired up for come­back, warns cap­tain Play­ers to rally round bowler af­ter ‘dis­gust­ing’ on­line abuse

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Tim Wig­more

Eng­land cap­tain Joe Root has backed Jofra Archer to de­liver in the de­cid­ing third Test at Emi­rates Old Traf­ford, say­ing that he has bowled at “the speed of light” in the nets since miss­ing the sec­ond Test for breach­ing biose­cu­rity pro­to­cols.

“I think Jofra will be ready for it,” Root said yes­ter­day. “He’s had two good days of train­ing and he’s got a smile on his face. He’s bowled [at] the speed of light over the last cou­ple of days in spicy nets, so it wasn’t much fun for our bat­ters.

“We have to un­der­stand he’s made a mis­take, he’s been big enough to ad­mit to that mis­take, he’s taken his pun­ish­ment, he’s apol­o­gised to the group – which is never an easy thing to do, to stand up in front of the rest of the group – and as far as I’m con­cerned he has trained well over two days and is ready to play.”

Archer had said that he was strug­gling for mo­ti­va­tion when he re­turned to prac­tice and needed to be “100 per cent men­tally right” to play in the third Test, which starts to­day. He also said that he had re­ceived racist abuse on so­cial me­dia, which he has re­ported to the Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board.

“It was dis­gust­ing to see some of the stuff he’s had to put up with over the last week,” Root said. “As a squad, we’ll try to be around him and make sure he knows we’re all there for him. No one should have to deal with that, whether you’re a pro­fes­sional sports­man or a kid grow­ing up at school. It’s deeply dis­ap­point­ing and there’s no other word for it than dis­gust­ing.”

But Root said Archer may have to find a bet­ter way of us­ing so­cial me­dia, which the bowler this week de­scribed as “un­nec­es­sary noise”, say­ing that it could be “fickle” and bring “a lot of neg­a­tiv­ity”.

“Jofra has grown up with so­cial me­dia and it would be a big change to ask him to put it to one side,” Root said. “He’ll have to learn to deal with it and know it won’t go away, but there are times in the past it has mo­ti­vated him to put in good per­for­mances, so the chal­lenge is to use it in a pos­i­tive way and sift out the stuff he doesn’t want to see.

“Ul­ti­mately, he just might need a

Mr Mo­ti­vated: Jofra Archer gives Eng­land’s bats­men a tor­rid time in the nets ahead of the de­ci­sive third Test at Emi­rates Old Traf­ford

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