Former England captain-turned commentator Michael Vaughan has denied claims of him questioning fast bowler Jofra Archer’s commitment towards Test cricket after the latter lambasted the Yorkshireman for his recent comments on him in his latest column.
Michael Vaughan had recently written a column in the ‘Telegraph’ where he had alleged that there are ‘whispers that he (Jofra Archer) does not love Test cricket’ and that England thinktank needs to find a way to make Test cricket more enjoyable for its cricketers.
Vaughan’s comments came after Jofra Archer managed just four wickets in the two Tests he played against India.
“As a captain you have to establish the facts and find out if that is true and why. Sometimes one of the criticisms you have is you watch him and want him to bowl a bit quicker.” wrote Michael Vaughan.
“Somehow England have to make Test cricket enjoyable for Archer,” Vaughan said.
Infuriated by his claims, Jofra Archer hit back at Michael Vaughan in his column for the ‘Daily Mail’ where he wrote that the former English skipper does not know what drives him.
He also added that his commitment towards playing all three formats for England hasn’t changed.
“Let me be clear about something: I’ve never changed my attitude towards playing for England. I’ve always wanted to play all three formats. That hasn’t changed, and never will as far as I’m concerned,” wrote Archer.
“I saw one article from Michael Vaughan in which he said: ‘If Jofra doesn’t love Test cricket, England need to find out why.’ We’ve never had a conversation about cricket, so I found it a bit odd. He doesn’t know what makes me tick. He doesn’t know what’s driving me,” he added. “I always dreamed of playing Test cricket and don’t feel I’ve had a bad game so far — yet unless I am taking four or five wickets in an innings, I am placed under scrutiny and some people start trying to decipher what’s going on,” he said.
“Comments like ‘he’s not committed’ or ‘he’s not good enough’ appear as soon as you are not 110 per cent. I find it quite annoying how people read into stuff and form their own opinions.” Jofra Archer wrote.
Following Jofra Archer’s rebuttal, Michael Vaughan took to his official Twitter account on Friday where he wrote-
”I have never said he has an annoying attitude !!!! Please read my @TelegraphSport column on @JofraArcher ”
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 12, 2021