West Indies pacer Kemar Roach has warned Barbados-born Jofra Archer that he must not expect any friendship from the West Indies players when the teams face off in a three-match test series next month.
“Jofra’s made a decision and I think he’s doing a fantastic job for his career. Obviously there’ll be no friendships at the start of this series,” the 31-year-old said while speaking to reporters on Sunday.
“It’s all about winning and playing our cricket. If we come up against Jofra, we’ll devise a fantastic plan to counter it. I’m looking forward to that battle,” Roach added.
Archer represented the West Indies at under-19 level in three matches before choosing last year to play elite cricket for England, where his father was born.
“I saw him as a youngster in domestic cricket back home in Barbados. I always thought he was talented and obviously it has shown over the years,” he maintained.
“He came over here and has done a fantastic job and I want to wish him all the best in his career,” he added.
The first test is scheduled at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton from July 8, with the last two matches at Old Trafford.
All the tests will be played without spectators with the Caribbean players already set up in their base at Manchester’s Old Trafford where they are quarantined in the on-site hotel.
It must be noted here that England and West Indies will play the first international contest since Australia beat New Zealand behind closed doors in an ODI at Sydney’s SCG on 13 March.