Revised 17 May 2020, 02:34 IST
Jason Gillespie believes that criticism of England fast bowler Joffra Archer may be based on lazy stereotyping.
Archer played a key role in his international career, winning England’s Cricket World Cup last year and then drawing 2-2 in the Ashes series against Australia.
The 25-year-old took 55 wickets in all formats in 2012, but the tour of New Zealand and mixed fortunes called into question South Africa’s subsequent victory over South Africa.
This Barbados-born pacer is usually presumed to allow his speed to slide down at high speeds, a feeling that can thrill spectators and terrify batsmen.
Gillespie took over as Archer in Selex on behalf of England and in the World Twenty20 League when his commitment was granted.
A world-class hero during his time playing for Australia, he feels the slits directed at the player “can no longer be from the truth”.
“Joffra, I’m so excited,” he told Status Performance. Apparently, he played in Sussex and my dealings with Joffrey were rare.
“He is a very desirable young man, he loves cricket, he is very passionate, he is very hardworking.
“I’m pretty disappointed with some of the criticism that has been leveled at Joffrey. I think he’s suffering a bit from perception. He has this attitude.
“He’s got a few gold chains, he’s got different hairstyles, he’s got this kind of western style He’s of Barbadian-descent, so he has this vision.
“This realization of the attitude behind this, people assume he doesn’t care or he doesn’t keep [effort] In, and it can no longer be from the truth. Kid cricket survives and I think he’s been great
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When Trevor Bayliss resigned towards the end of the Ashes, Gillespie was advised to lead Archer in the next phase of his international career.
The England and Wales Cricket Board has finally appointed Chris Silverwood, the bowling coach and former Essex head coach, to resign.
Adelaide Strikers Sussex and Big Bash costumes are the subject matter of his role, Gillespie insists that his involvement with the role is never more than gossip – although he will consider an offer to work internationally.
“My name was associated with it but at no stage did I have any official interviews or anything like that for a role,” he explained.
“I think my name has spread along with several other coaches in the world. I want to be associated with international cricket at some point in the future.
“Right now, I’ve got a great job at Sussex, a great job at the Adelaide Strikers, and I’m really enjoying these roles.
“If anything comes up in international cricket, you should definitely look at it. As a career coach you want to improve and work with the best players. Anyone is open to this conversation, but at the moment, my focus is on Sussex and the strikers.