England pacer Jofra Archer has leapt to the defence of his Test skipper Joe Root, saying the latter should not be blamed for his elbow injury. Root has been accused of being over-reliant on Archer, and since the right-arm bowler suffered an elbow injury, England’s Test captain Root has been feeling the heat.
Ever since making his debut for England at the 2019 ODI World Cup, Archer was playing cricket consistently. The 24-year-old was England’s leading wicket-taker in their historic World Cup triumph at home last year.
Later, he hit the ground running in the Ashes, just days after the World Cup.
In the wake of Archer’s recent injury, Root has been questioned for not managing his workload properly.
However, the speedster in a recent interview said that England’s 29-year-old skipper is not at fault for the injury.
Jofra Archer refused to blame Joe Root for his elbow injury:
The Barbados-born player not only defended Root in his interview but added that many England players want the latter to continue captaining the team in Tests.
“It’s not [Root’s] fault I’m injured,” Archer told ESPNCricinfo. “I’ve seen that a lot actually; it’s not his fault, it’s not my fault, it’s not anyone’s fault.”
The Englishman continued, “If everyone knew when you were going to get injured, then there would be physiotherapists and there wouldn’t be any injuries. I just don’t like it when people get blamed wrongfully. He is a good leader and we’ve got a good bunch of boys who want to be led by him.”
“He already has his own stuff to deal with; being captain is hard enough, and being a relied-on batter, it all comes with its own pressures. I don’t think anyone needs any additional pressures that will hamper them and, evidently, the team. I obviously lookout for who looks out for you,” added Archer before signing off.
England recently finished their tour of South Africa, winning the Test series 3-1, and the T20I series 2-1.
Next up, the ODI World Cup champs will head to Sri Lanka to play two Tests, the first of which will be played from 19th March, at Galle.