England have dropped Jofra Archer from their squad for the seance Test match against West Indies that is to commence at Old Trafford on Thursday (July 16). The announcement has made just a couple of hours before the beginning of the Test, which was an aftermath of Archer’s breach of the team’s bio-secure protocols.
Jofra Archer will now be under isolation for a period of five days during which he will undergo two Covid-19 tests. If the results are negative on both occasions, the self-isolation period will be lifted.
An ECB statement read that the West Indies team management has been informed about the same, who are pleased with the measures taken.
“I am extremely sorry for what I have done,” Archer said. “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 sincerely 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.”
Going wicketless in the first innings, Jofra Archer fetched three major wickets in the second innings in the Southampton Test that England lost by a narrow margin. With the hosts resting James Anderson and Mark Wood for the crucial second Test of the series, there was a conflict of including the 25-year-old in the playing XI again.
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