JOFRA ARCHER: I got it wrong in World Cup final but Morgan backed me

JOFRA ARCHER: I got it wrong in the World Cup final but Eoin Morgan still backed me anyway even in the heat of the moment… he is an amazing person who made me feel welcome, and he has plenty of cricket left in him

  • Jofra Archer has praised former England captain Eoin Morgan in his column 
  • Veteran Morgan stepped away from international cricket earlier this week 
  • Archer has admitted to making World Cup mistakes, but was backed anyway 
  • He has labelled Morgan ‘amazing’, and believes he can keep playing for years 

The one on-field episode of the 2019 World Cup I will always remember came right at the end, when I was bowling the super over in the final against New Zealand at Lord’s.

New Zealand needed three runs off two balls to win when Eoin Morgan came to me and said, ‘Right, it’s gamble time, what are we going to do to get a wicket or dot ball?’

I told him I wanted to bowl a bouncer. He asked me if I was sure and I said, ‘Yeah’. ‘OK then,’ he said. ‘Let’s set a field for it.’

Eoin Morgan supported Jofra Archer’s decisions during the tense World Cup final super over

I didn’t expect him to let me bowl that particular ball because it’s pretty high risk, and although it turned out to be the right delivery in costing just one run, looking back I might have done things differently.

No longer do I think a bouncer was the best penultimate ball. Nor do I think one should have been sent down at any time during that super over, because the reward is not enough when you consider the risk of being hit for a four or six.

But the fact we went with it that evening says a lot about our World Cup-winning captain. In the heat of the moment, all he was thinking was about making me feel comfortable and that’s how he tended to be. Backing his team-mates, not just thinking about the winning and losing.

Someone who believed in his players. Someone who was prepared to risk things.

Writing for Sportsmail, Archer has praised the former captain for making him feel comfortable

We still use the WhatsApp group from that World Cup and the message at the weekend from Morgs, to let us know he was retiring, was waiting when I woke up.

To be honest, it took some comprehending because it was so unexpected.

Quitting a few months shy of the World Cup is probably a shock to many, but he sees it as the right time, and clearly felt he was no longer influencing results with personal contributions.

However, I don’t think that way and I don’t think other players do, either. It wouldn’t have mattered whether Morgs scored a single run at the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia as long as he was there.

Morgan retired from international cricket, but has stepped away having clinched glory in 2019

It will definitely affect the team not having him around. Obviously, he has always been in the team to contribute as an individual, but his role went beyond batting. As I said, he inspires others to perform. That is not an aura many possess — Ben Stokes is another example of someone within the group who has a similar impact. Yes, everyone wants to have an impact on games to help the team, but Morgs did it most through inspirational leadership.

The summer of 2019 was the greatest of my life and I really appreciated the part he played. I would like to thank him for going against the grain and selecting me because, before I came in, a lot of people were saying that a winning team should not be changed, and that it would affect the chemistry in the group.

As captain, Morgs didn’t only bring me into the squad, he made me feel welcome, and those are two different things. It was typical of his behaviour, and what everyone has said about him over the past 48 hours is true. He is an amazing person. He is an amazing cricketer as well. Someone who has broken lots of records during a great career.

I guess everyone knows when it’s their time to stop, while everyone else thinks that the person in question has a few more years left in them. I hope he continues to play for Middlesex because I think he has a lot of cricket left in him.

I AIM TO BE BOWLING IN SEPTEMBER, SO MY WORLD CUP DREAM IS ON!

I know I have a lot of cricket left in me, too, despite my latest setback — a stress fracture of the back that will prevent me featuring in matches this season.

Although it was officially picked up by the medics in May, when I was training with Sussex, I first felt it while bowling in the nets during England’s tour of the Caribbean in March.

At the time, I didn’t think it was much. You get pain all the time as a fast bowler and none of us ever think we’ve got a stress fracture until confirmation from scan results. When I was in Barbados, bowling to the Test team in the nets, I was flying. I’d ticked all the boxes. Done everything by the book. I was very strict in the gym. It felt like I’d nailed everything. Rested, rehabbed and ready.

I knew something was seriously wrong, though, back in Hove. A full week after realising there was an issue with my back, the pain hadn’t subsided.

Archer has also revealed he should be back bowling by September, ahead of the World Cup

This is my second stress fracture of the back. It’s on the right side of the spine this time, whereas the previous one was on the left.

The elbow I had surgery on last December remains fine. Of course, it has felt like it’s been one thing after another but I’m not overly frustrated at this stage because I came to terms with a lengthy spell on the sidelines long ago.

Had I played a game and then broken down, that would have been a lot harder to take. As things are, nothing has changed and I am still striving to get back on the field.

That won’t happen in a game situation this county season, but what’s keeping me going is the fact that I should be bowling by September with a view to returning to competitive cricket soon after. Don’t forget, the World Cup starts in October…



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