Last Update on: July 18th, 2020 at 06:31 pm
West Indian all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite has opened up on the scandal speedster Jofra Archer has embroiled himself into. Following breaching the bio-security protocols, the England management omitted Jofra Archer from the ongoing second Test in Manchester against the West Indies. And Carlos Brathwaite reckons he does not have far to look for a role-model.
The English selectors backed Jofra Archer to make a significant impact in the first Test, giving him the nod ahead of veteran Stuart Broad. While the 25-year old was at his best the previous summer, he could not be amongst the wickets in the opening match of England’s home season.
Archer went wicketless in the first innings and took two in the second; however, it was not enough to prevent the home side’s defeat.
Carlos Brathwaite believes that the Barbadian could pick a leaf out of Ben Stokes’ books, who bounced back from two public humiliations to become the player he is today. The towering all-rounder remarked the 2016 T20 World Cup final and the incident in Bristol a year later. However, Stokes has made an incredible comeback, putting behind his past.
“It’s very, very difficult to come back from those two public humiliations. You think not only the T20 World Cup but what happened that night in Bristol. Two very important incidents, one on the field in a final, one off the field with a legal battle and front-page news. The comeback he’s made is remarkable, so Jofra hasn’t got far to look,” the 32-year-old said as quoted by BBC Test Match special.
Stokes needs to put his arm around Jofra Archer: Carlos Brathwaite
Brathwaite pointed out the advice that Ben Stokes handed out to the 25-year old before the Super Over in the World Cup final. Hence, he reckons Archer needs a similar pep talk. Stokes told Jofra ‘win or lose, today doesn’t define you – everyone believes in you’.
The Barbadian further said that the all-rounder needs to put his arm around Archer and guide him through these challenging times. Having pointed out by Archer about his relationship with Stokes, Carlos Brathwaite feels that the 29-year-old needs to help the fast bowler.
“Stokes needs to put his arm around Jofra. He needs to usher him from where he is now to get Jofra to where Stokes is as a leader and Mr. England. There will need to be a similar chat to Jofra after this breach,” he said. “They seem good friends. Jof has spoken about their relationship,” he added.