• Archer breaches bio-secure protocols

    England fast bowler Jofra Archer will not take part in the second Test match against the West Indies in Manchester after he breached the team’s bio-secure regulations.

    The English Cricket Board released a statement on Thursday morning, hours before action was set to get under way at Old Trafford, indicating that Archer will have to spend the next five days in self-isolation.

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    He will also have to undergo two Covid-19 tests as a result, with both having to return negative before he is cleared to join up with the team again.

    Although the ECB didn’t indicate what exactly Archer did wrong to break the bio-bubble rules, the 25-year-old apologised for the disruption he caused.

    ‘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.’

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    On Wednesday, England announced their squad for the second encounter with Jason Holder’s men and, surprisingly, Jimmy Anderson was left out of the 13-man group to be rested alongside Mark Wood.

    That means Stuart Broad, who also surprisingly didn’t feature in the Southampton Test, gets a recall with Sam Curran replacing Wood.

    As expected, Joe Root returns to captain the team with the struggling Joe Denly dropping out, while uncapped seamer Ollie Robertson has also been drafted in.


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