Jofra Archer Excluded From Second Test Match

Jofra Archer excluded from the second test match against the West Indies at Old Trafford. England Cricket.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Jofra Archer of England reacts during a England Nets Session at Emirates Old Trafford on July 14, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Jofra Archer Excluded Due To Misdemeanour

England bowler Jofra Archer has been excluded from today’s second #raisethebat Test against the West Indies, following a breach of England’s bio-secure protocols.

The ECB have confirmed in a statement this morning that Archer will now commence five days of isolation. During this period he will undergo two COVID-19 tests. He will have to return both negative before his self-isolation period can be lifted.

The West Indies team have been made aware and are satisfied with the measures that have been imposed. The 25-year-old Sussex man has not been replaced in the 13-man squad

Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer bowl for England v Windies preparation. Jofra Archer excluded from test match at Old Trafford
HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND – DECEMBER 02: Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer of England look at the ball during day 4 of the second Test match between New Zealand and England at Seddon Park on December 02, 2019 in Hamilton, New Zealand. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Archer this morning has said “I am extremely sorry for what I have done.”

“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.”

England Cricket will hope that Jofra Archer being excluded sets a solid example for other players. The West Indies team and management are happy with Jofra Archer being excluded because it shows that England have put safety before cricket.

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Both teams have remained in biosecure ‘bubbles’ at Old Trafford and the Ageas Bowl respectively. Squad members and staff have been living, training and sleeping in these venues. Plus they have been adhering to strict health and safety procedures agreed by both cricket boards.

England v Windies Day 3 Shane Dowrich and Jason Holder bat against England at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton 2020
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 10: Shane Dowrich of the West Indies celebrates his half century with Jason Holder of the West Indies during Day Three of the 1st #RaiseTheBat Test Series between England and The West Indies at The Ageas Bowl on July 10, 2020 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

This news comes as a huge blow to England who are looking to bounce back from their first test defeat last week. The West Indies will welcome the news of one of England’s most dangerous bowlers’ missing out.

The second Test gets underway at Old Trafford, without Archer. The predicted start time now is 12:30 PM with the rain interrupting the start.

Jofra Archer, 25, has played just 8 test matches to date. He has scored 120 runs and taken 33 wickets. Archer bowled extremely well in West Indies’s second innings at the Ageas Bowl. However, he could not prevent the West Indies winning the game by 4 wickets, thanks to Jermaine Blackwood’s 95.

Preview For Second Test 

With Jimmy Anderson also rested, it is likely that England will revert back to their seam-heavy attack. Sam Curran and Chris Woakes are both almost guaranteed to start the second test match at Old Trafford due to the Jofra Archer excluded incident.

This means that England could play Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran and Dom Bess. Ben Stokes will likely be the all-rounder and the fifth seamer. This makes a startling change from the first test match, where England played the pace of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood. “Jofra Archer excluded” means that England will have to change their strategy now and revert back to a conditions-based attack.

With Jofra Archer excluded, it is time for the rest of the bowlers to make their case, if they want to retain their place for the third test match. Jofra Archer could be back by then, provided he passes both coronavirus tests.

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