England have never won the 50-overs World Cup title, but their performance in the last couple of years has improved to a great extent and they are reckoned to be the overwhelming favourites for this edition of the tournament. The hosts are widely considered to be the favourites to winning the tournament given the advantage of playing in familiar conditions, pitches that suit their style of play, excellent record at home and no.1 ranking on ICC’s ODI team ratings.
One more wonderful addition to the already mighty Three Lions’ side is Barbados born Jofra Archer, a lad who can bowl above 150kmph with ease and has a good game with the bat as well. He has put up a display of his skills in various T20 leagues all over the world like the Big Bash League and Indian Premier League. ECB even changed their qualification rules to ensure that Archer was available for the World Cup.
His amazing talent and skills have been acknowledged all over the world and the South African head coach Ottis Gibson also feels that Archer could make a big difference for the home side in the tournament.
“He’s fresh and he’s obviously talented and he’s got a lot of pace and he’s from Barbados, so I’m glad that they picked him,” quoted Ottis Gibson.
I am really pleased for him
Gibson mentioned that he has known Archer from his younger days in Barbados and is very much pleased with his selection. The speedster has got the natural ability of clocking 150 kmph on consistent basis and this quality sets him apart from the rest of the England bowlers in that attack.
“He’s a very good kid. I’ve known him from Barbados when he was a youngster growing up there, so I’m really pleased for him. He’s got a lot of talent, so he’s bringing that. He’s bringing pace; he bowls quickly. And he’s a match-winner. So hopefully he won’t have much of a say in this game, but then he’ll have a really good tournament once this game is over,” Gibson added.
The South African coach mentioned that Archer wasn’t in his radar during his stint with the West Indies junior side as the pacer was just 16 then. He noted that he is really happy for the Barbados-born fast bowler and also wished him luck for the upcoming tournament.
“But it’s well-documented that they didn’t pick him for the Under-19s and then he chose a different path. I’m really happy for him… I know that he’s a good boy and I wish him well,” the Proteas coach concluded.