In a shocking revelation England's 2019 World Cup winning pacer and Rajastan Royals player Jofra Archer has confirmed that he received racist abuse on social after his ban for breaching COVID-19 protocols. The 25-year-old was removed from the squad on the eve of the second Test after it emerged he had breached his side's bio-secure bubble with an unauthorised trip to his flat in Hove. Take two wickets and everyone is back on the bandwagon again. It's a fickle, fickle world we live in. 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," he wrote in the Daily Mail.
Yes, I made a mistake in not driving to Old Trafford directly from Southampton between matches. But people make mistakes."Archer also revealed the mental toll of the online criticism, combined with his time in isolation, has left him concerned he might not be "100 per cent mentally right" in time for the Third test, which begins on Friday. Archer twice tested negative for Covid-19 during his five days in isolation and is eligible for selection for the final Test starting on Friday, but said he struggled to bowl in the nets when he was given dispensation to leave his room at the on-site hotel.
I found I was struggling for motivation in the circumstances when it came to returning to bowling in the nets. When I walked outside of my room for the first time since being placed into self-isolation for breaking the Covid-19 protocols, I heard the cameras clicking with every single step I took," he said. "The whole spectacle made me feel uneasy. I know what I did was an error of judgement and I have suffered the consequences of that. I haven't committed a crime and I want to start feeling myself again. The series is currently poised at 1-1 after England defeated West Indies in the second test by 113 runs. Ben Stokes was adjudged Man of the Match at the end of the test for his all-round performance.