English cricket board should encourage more youngsters to take up the sport over the long term after the World Cup victory in July, thinks Jofra Archer. The pacer, who made a great impact when he became eligible to play for England earlier this year, showed his nerve while bowling the Super Over in the World Cup final against New Zealand. England won the trophy on the number of boundaries scored after the match ended tied and the sides were level after the Super Over too.
“I’ve seen many videos of kids playing, doing their celebrations in the back garden,” he said. “I think the World Cup is going to get spoken about for many years to come. We do need to use it. I think we need to push it a lot further. Look at the kids. It’s wet and muddy but I don’t think they care. It makes us happy to see them playing and wanting to do better.”
However, Jofra Archer plays his county cricket for Sussex.
“Never give up,” he said. “If no one believes in you, you have to believe in yourself. You never know where cricket can take you in two weeks, two months or a year… Anything is possible.”
Archer said he hoped England would build on the World Cup victory as well.
“We want to climb the rankings in the Test Championship. I think we can make history,” he said. “We have started already. Hopefully we can win back-to-back (World Cups). Who’s to say we can’t? Everyone is around the same age in the group we have got together. We will be together for a lot more years.”