England vs West Indies 2nd Test: Jofra Archer excluded from squad for breaching bio-secure protocols

England’s dynamic all-rounder Jofra Archer has been excluded from the second #raisethebat Test against the West Indies starting today (Thursday 16 July) at Old Trafford after he was found guilty of breaching the team’s bio-secure protocols.

Archer will now commence five days of isolation and will undergo two COVID-19 tests in this period, which have to test negative before his self-isolation period is lifted.

The West Indies team have been made aware and are satisfied with the measures that have been imposed.

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“I am extremely sorry for what I have done,” said Archer.

“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.”

The Three Lions will lock horns with West Indies in the second Test at Manchester, starting July 16. Jason Holder’s men will be keen to notch up a second consecutive victory. A draw will ensure that the team from Caribbean retain the Wisden Trophy, after winning it last year at home.