Jofra Archer defended England’s anti-racist stance following criticism from Michael Holding. Cricket news




Jofra Archer He said that England had not forgotten about the “Black Lives Matter” campaign because they were vigorous West Indies great Michael Holding criticized for not kneeling anymore. England and West Indies cricketers adopted the gestures at the start of each of their three Tests in July and showed their support for the campaign to fight racial injustice. The practice was repeated during England’s one-day matches against Ireland, but not in the series against Pakistan and Australia. Holding an outstanding fast bowler in the successful West Indies teams of the 1970s and 1980s, he experienced the ugly incidents he recalled in July as a young cricketer on his travels to Australia and England.

He accused England owners and Australia captain Aaron Finch of making “lame” statements to end the practice of kneeling.

But Barbados-born Achal Archer said in a conference call on Monday that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was taking the issue seriously.

“I’m pretty sure Michael Holding doesn’t know anything that’s going on behind the curtain,” he said.

“I don’t think he talked to (chief executive) Tom Harrison. I think it’s a bit harsh for him to say that. I’ve talked to Tom and we have stuff going on in the background.

“We’ve forgotten, nobody here has forgotten about Black Lives Matter. I think it’s a bit harsh for Mickey not to do some research before criticizing.”

Archer has been a victim of racist abuse on social media and Sussex, 25, said that such comments need to be dealt with sternly.

The England fast bowler won 3-34 as the world champions equaled a three-match series before Wednesday’s closing, beating Australia by 24 runs in the second one-day international at Old Trafford on Monday.

England have won their previous series in all formats during the home season of the Coronovirus, with players winning matches played in bio-safe bubbles and behind closed doors.

“I remember when we first came in a bubble, we said we wanted summer cleaning,” said Archer. “We need to go two days from now.”

But the bowler dropped out of the second Test against the West Indies in Manchester in July after violating the Kovid-19 rules, admitting that life was tough.

“Let me tell you, it’s been mentally challenging,” said multi-format star Archer, who has spent 87 days in the bubble – more than any other England player.

And he said it did not mean that he would rejoin Hobart Hurricanes in Australia’s T20 Big Bash League.

“I’m not sure how many more bubbles I’ve got in the rest of the year,” he said. “I have not really seen my family since February and it is now September.

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“IPL (Indian Premier League) is going to be in October, November, we (England) go to South Africa, hopefully.

“It only leaves me with a few weeks in December for the rest of the year. I love my Hobart family, but I think I need to spend some time with my real family as well.”

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