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'Jofra will be chomping at the bit to come at us' – West Indies head coach
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'Jofra will be chomping at the bit to come at us' – West Indies head coach

West Indies head coach Floyd Reifer insists his batsmen are all set for the challenge of taming England's latest bowling sensation Jofra Archer in their World Cup contest at Southampton on Friday.

The 24-year-old Archer could not don the England cap until 2022 but ECB’s relaxation in residency rules meant that he was picked immediately.

In a short span, Archer has stamped his authority as one of the most exciting pace bowlers, with an impressive show against South Africa and Bangladesh recently.

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Finding a way to quieten Archer will be one of the West Indies' challenging tasks as they a win against tournament favourites.

"I'm sure Jofra will be chomping at the bit to come at us and we will be ready for him," Reifer told reporters.

"To be honest, we knew Jofra for a long time. He is from Barbados, where we are from. We knew him from the U15, U17, U19 so he is not new to us.

"Yes, he's bowling quickly, but there's nothing that we are not accustomed to. We are looking forward to the challenge. So we will see how it goes on Friday."

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Asked if he was dismayed that Archer didn't chose to represent the West Indies, Reifer said: "He made his choice.

"I actually played club cricket against him as a young guy. So Jofra is a tremendous talent, we all know that. Like I said, we are looking forward to the game on Friday.

"He obviously had the pace. He had a few injuries as a young guy. But I'm guessing though he's fully over those injuries and he is bowling very well for England."