Jofra Archer omitted from second Test for breaking bio-security protocols
Jofra Archer will not partake in the second Test between England and West Indies after being found guilty of breaching the team's bio-security protocols.
Archer was included in the 13-man squad for the game at Old Trafford but will now be required to go into self-isolation for five days as he will take two Covid-19 tests during this period.
He will be allowed to return to the squad at the end of his mandated isolation only after returning successive negative tests.
Both sides have been kept in bio-secure "bubble" sites at the Ageas Bowl, venue of last week's Test, and Old Trafford with hotel accommodation provided at the respective stadiums.
All matches are taking place in the absence of spectators to combat the spread of coronavirus.
Archer admitted his mistake for breaking the strict health regulations and expressed regret for missing the second Test since he was expected to be a vital member of his side's pace bowling attack.
"I am extremely sorry for what I have done," the 25-year-old seamer said in an ECB statement.
"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.”
Archer's absence will be a huge blow to England's chances of drawing level in the three-match series. He was the standout bowler for his team on the fourth innings of the first Test as West Indies scraped past his lethal spell to clinch a four-wicket win.
Ahead of the clash in Southampton, West Indies coach Phil Simmons came under fire for avoiding the safety protocols to attend the funeral of a family member. His actions even prompted calls of sacking from some sections of the Cricket West Indies.