Jofra Archer excluded from second England-West Indies Test


16th July, 2020 03:27:49 printer

Jofra Archer excluded from second England-West Indies Test

England fast bowler Jofra Archer has been excluded from the second Test against West Indies after breaching the bio-secure protocols.

The 25-year-old went to his Brighton home between the first Test in Southampton and second in Manchester.

All of England's matches this summer are being played behind closed doors and in a bio-secure environment.

Archer's breach only came to light on Wednesday night, after he was named in the 13-man squad.

England have not named a replacement, with the starting XI for the Test at Emirates Old Trafford due to be confirmed at the toss on Thursday.

Archer said: "I am extremely sorry for what I have done.

"I have put not only myself but the whole team and management in danger. I fully accept the consequences of my actions and I want to apologise to everyone in the bio-secure bubble.

"It deeply pains me to be missing the Test match, especially with the series poised. I feel like I have let both teams down, and again I am sorry."

Archer will now have to isolate for five days, during which time he will take two coronavirus tests, both of which must return negative results before he can return to the England squad.

West Indies have been informed of the sanctions and are satisfied with the restrictions that have been imposed.

Archer, who has played eight Tests, took 3-45 in England's defeat in Southampton and was the only member of the hosts' pace attack retained for the second Test, with James Anderson and Mark Wood rested.

It means England will choose three from Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran and uncapped Ollie Robinson to play in Manchester.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan told BBC Radio 5 live: "It's a blow for the England side, Jofra Archer is a wonderful cricketer.

"It's going to make it so much more difficult for England to get back into the series."