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English Captain Root supports Archer to overcome the controversy and retaliated against the West Indies

Joe Root recalled the curious affair of his brush with David Warner at a bar in Birmingham wearing a fake beard to encourage Jofra Archer that he can conquer the worst week of his career and hit back against the West Indies.

It had been seven years since a young, cheeky Root got the end of a late night punch from the Australian Mr. Angry, which led to unwanted headlines and a rare bump in his otherwise smooth journey to the top of the game.

Now the England captain wants another special talent in Archer to forget his own Warner moment in the form of a ‘suspension’ for violating bio-safe regulations that, as revealed in his Sportsmail column, clearly hit him much harder than was initially thought.

English fast bowler Jofra Archer will participate in a net session at Old Trafford on Thursday

English fast bowler Jofra Archer will participate in a net session at Old Trafford on Thursday

“I see a man who has had a lot to deal with in a short period of time,” Root said after speaking to Archer to ensure he was in the right frame of mind to play in Friday’s Wisden Trophy decision-maker at Emirates Old Trafford .

“You look at other boys who have experienced similar things. I had to go through David Warner’s incident and Ben Stokes has been through a lot off the field. Those experiences mean that you can empathize.

“There will be anger, frustration and disappointment for Jofra. But he should know that he doesn’t have to do it alone. He has good people around him who want him to be happy and enjoy his cricket and life outside the sport. The more he knows that and the more we can help, the better. ‘

Joe Root showed his support for Archer by recalling his notorious clash with David Warner

Joe Root showed his support for Archer by recalling his notorious clash with David Warner

Joe Root showed his support for Archer by recalling his notorious clash with David Warner

Archer’s Sportsmail revelation on Wednesday that he had suffered racial abuse on social media rightly attracted the most attention and condemnation. But it was the crux of his column that might hit England as they learn more about this gifted fast bowler who has been in their midst for just over a year.

However, for Archer, it seemed to be difficult in his treatment by England after a breach of the rules that could have had huge ramifications for the game and also showed a sensitivity to cricket criticism that is off the charts at this level. There certainly didn’t seem to be too much of the “repentance” that we were sure he felt.

But the message from the camp in England this week is that they are very much behind Archer and they seem willing to leave out bowlers who played their part in the series-leveling second test in Chris Woakes and Sam Curran today. house.

“One of the most difficult things to get into international cricket is the extra control,” Root acknowledged. In county cricket, you just have feedback or a package of highlights, but then you go into a world where a lot of ex-professionals are starting to disassemble your technique or question your attitude and efforts. It can be difficult to manage. ‘

Australian batsman David Warner admitted to beating Root in a bar before the 2013 Ashes

Australian batsman David Warner admitted to beating Root in a bar before the 2013 Ashes

Australian batsman David Warner admitted to beating Root in a bar before the 2013 Ashes

There is no doubt that the loudest comments. – and the “disgusting” abuse Root spoke of on Thursday – come from social media. Sir Alastair Cook famously avoided the fleeting world of Twitter because, as he so aptly put it, “why invite someone in your front room to yell at you?”

Maybe Archer should do the same, as he suggested in his column? “Jofra grew up on social media and it would be a big change and a bit unfair to ask him to put it aside,” Root said.

“He will have to learn how to handle the research and understand that it will not go away, but there are times when criticism has motivated him to perform well. So the challenge is to use it in a positive way and figure out the things he doesn’t want to see. ‘

After convincing themselves that Archer is ready to go, the biggest headache in England can come from the complications that will arise if their man of the moment in Stokes is not fit to bowl due to a thigh injury.

Stokes is now one of the best batsmen in the world, as he showed so spectacularly here in Manchester in the second test that he can comfortably demand a seat for it. But England’s balance goes awry if he can’t bowl.

England faces a dilemma due to concerns over Ben Stokes' thigh injury

England faces a dilemma due to concerns over Ben Stokes' thigh injury

England faces a dilemma due to concerns over Ben Stokes’ thigh injury

Root suggested England could go with ‘three sailors and a spinner’ and hopes Stokes will be fit enough to bowl in the second innings, but the concern is that Dom Bess is not yet in control allowing Graeme Swann to operate in a four-man attack .

That means Curran, who was on the winning side in each of his eight home test appearances, could replace Bess with the captain giving spin. Or, if England feels really radical, they can leave out Zak Crawley, hit Stokes at three o’clock and bring in Curran as the fourth sailor. Root said the decision would only be made this morning.

West Indian captain Jason Holder, who so eloquently supported his old friend Archer in his own Sportsmail column, must decide whether he could risk the same attack for a third back-to-back test in a hugely important game.

A change in the West Indies can see the introduction of the giant off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall – all 1.85m and 22 stones from him – with Holder saying yesterday: ‘There is no doubt that he would be the best spinner to see is in this series. “

In the name of bigger men everywhere, it would be great to see Cornwall. But for England, the priority is to see a happy and ardent archer again.

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