Archer was left out on Thursday morning after breaking the rules by going to his flat in Brighton following the series opener in Southampton last week.
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) director of cricket Ashley Giles said Archer’s mistake could have cost “tens of millions” of pounds but Stokes rallied behind him.
“We really need to be there to support Jofra right now,” Stokes who scored a magnificent 176 in England’s 469-9 declared to put his side in charge on day two, told reporters.
“Obviously he’s a big talking point and he is by himself because of everything else going on at the moment.
“It’s making sure that it doesn’t feel like he’s by himself. The worst thing we could do right now as a team is just leave him and see him in five or six days’ time.”
Stokes has had his share of off-field problems and said it was important the team stood together.
“It’s all good being there for people when things are going well and smoothly but what really comes through is how you operate with someone when they need you the most,” he said.