Michael Vaughan, the former England cricketer, is known for his statements against the Indian team and he was certainly very unhappy when India defeated England in the four match test series by 3-1. Michael Vaughan made no stone unturned in declaring that the Indian pitches, especially for the second, third and fourth test matches, were not suitable for a five day match.
The former England cricketer is once again making news but this time he has targeted an England cricketer and that concerned player has also responded in quite a strong manner. Michael Vaughan along with some other former England cricketers targeted the England pacer Jofra Archer for his poor form and commitment.
Archer has not been able to make any impact in the longest format since 2019 and in the India-England series also, he could not make his presence felt much. In the first test match against India which was won by England, Jofra Archer took three wickets but then, he missed next two test matches because of his elbow injury. He played in the last and fourth test match and was able to take only one wicket as the spinners completely dominated the game.
The England pacer responded to the criticism in a column written for a leading daily. He expresses his anger on the fact that a player starts getting criticised and his commitment is questioned as soon as he is not at his 110 percent. Jofra writes that he read an article by Michael Vaughan that he (Archer) doesn’t like test cricket and England needs to find out the reason behind it. Archer further writes that he has never talked about cricket with Michael Vaughan so he finds it a little odd as the former England cricketer has no idea what ticks him or what drives him (Archer).
Jofra Archer goes on to write that there is no change in his attitude towards playing for England and he again repeats that he wishes to play in all the three formats. He adds that he has always dreamed of playing the purest form of game and he doesn’t feel that he is playing bad but people get doubtful of him if he is not able take four or five wickets in an innings.
According to Jofra Archer, everyone has to make a start somewhere and he is still new to test cricket. He writes that he is trying to make his place in the England set-up just like the two great England bowlers – James Anderson and Stuart Broad. He also writes that he is happy with his performance in bowling with an average of 31 as he knows that he can improve as he plays.
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