England had a disappointing start to the Test series against West Indies after they lost the first game of the three-match series in Southampton. Archer has been made to sit out following a breach of the team’s bio-secure protocols.
An official statement has been released by the the ECB. “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.”
Of all the reasons for being dropped for a test match, breach of bio-security protocol has to be the most unique. #JofraArcher— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 16, 2020
The right-handed fast bowler will have to start five days of self isolation and will take COVID-19 test a couple of times. The tests have to be negative before the self-isolation begins.
Earlier, fast bowlers James Anderson and Mark Wood were also dropped from the squad as the English team is set to play six Tests within a span of seven weeks.
England captain Joe Root will be back in action in the second Test against West Indies at Old Trafford in Manchester. Root’s return will see Joe Denly’s exit from the side. England are 0-1 down in the three-match series.