Cricket World Cup: Viv Richards backs Jofra Archer over England switch

Archer, who was born in Barbados and grew up playing cricket for West Indies junior teams, decided to pursue an international career elsewhere after being left out of the Under-19 team for the 2014 World Cup.

Jofra Archer has become a key part of the England team at the Cricket World Cup.

The 24-year-old, who qualifies to play for England through his British father, became eligible for his newly-adopted country in March and made his debut in a one-day game against Ireland last month.

He was then included in the World Cup squad and has shown glimpses of why England was so desperate to have him in its team by taking nine wickets in the hosts’ first four group games.

And two-time World Cup winner Richards, widely considered as one of the greatest to have ever played the game, says Archer will now believe he is in the best place to develop his undoubted talent.

“I think that the individual in himself would have felt that he’s in the best place because of the way I think he was maybe treated by the West Indies personnel when he was a member of the Under-19 teams,” Richards told CNN of Archer’s decision to make the move to England.

Viv Richards won two World Cups with the West Indies and enjoyed a stellar Test match career.

“He came to England and England gave him all the respect I think he deserves and that’s why I think at present he’s where he’s at now.

“He’s feeling this is the best place for him and you cannot knock the guy for that.”

Archer certainly enjoyed renewing acquaintances with the West Indies last week. The fast bowler took three wickets as England eased to victory to maintain its hopes of a place in the semifinals.

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