London: England pacer Jofra Archer has revealed that he was racially abused after his breach of coronavirus protocols and is struggling to get into the right frame of mind to play in the final Test against the West Indies.
The 25-year-old fast bowler was excluded from the England team that won the second Test at Old Trafford on Monday due to an unofficial trip home after the West Indies’ victory in the first Test in Southampton.
He is now free to play after two COVID-19 Tests which returned negative. Archer wrote in his Daily Mail column published on Wednesday that he had not committed a crime.
“I haven’t committed a crime and I want to start feeling myself again. I know what I did was an error of judgment and I have suffered the consequences of that,” Archer wrote
“I need to be 100 percent mentally right so that I can throw myself into my cricket this week. If I play and don’t bowl 90 miles an hour it’s going to be news,” he added.
Barbados-born Archer wrote that he will not tolerate such comments and has passed on details of the abuse to the English Cricket Board (ECB).
“Some of the abuse I have taken over the past few days on Instagram has been racist and I have decided that enough is enough, so I have forwarded my complaints to the ECB,” he added.
It must be noted that the series decider and final Test between England and West Indies will be played in Manchester from July 24-28.