Jofra Archer, the finest English pacer, will be available for the third test at West Indies as England crave for the passionate bowling attack.
The bowler was excluded off the squad after he went to home breaching bio-secure protocols. However, the player felt guilty and received slams from many cricket related figures. Ben Stokes, however, believed that the player shall not be left alone.
“We really need to be there to support Jofra right now,” Stokes told reporters.
“He’s a big talking point and he is by himself because of everything else going on at the moment. It’s making sure that it doesn’t feel like he’s by himself. The worst thing we could do right now as a team is, just leave him and see him in five or six days’ time,” he added.
“At times like this people are very, very tough and you can feel like you are all by yourself, but I don’t think anybody is going to allow that to happen,” he added.
As the cloud burst in England has made it tough for England to touch the skies against West Indies in the second test, ECB has made an announcement to reinvolve Jofra Archer in the third test.
Before the third day of the second test that has been delayed due to cloud burst, They made 469-9 declared in their first innings, Stokes top-scoring with 176 and sharing a stand of 260 with Dom Sibley (120). In the second innings, when John Campbell left the crease after Sam Curran grabbed him when West Indies were 32-1 at stumps, Stokes believes that they have to grab 19 wickets in two days to win the test.
Jofra Archer available for the third West Indies test as rain frustrated England
“It’s looking like we’ll have to take 19 wickets in two days,” Stokes told Sky Sports.
“But the wicket has offered something throughout the whole Test so far.
“And we know that once we get on a roll, anything is possible with the bowling attack we have.”