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Jofra Archer excluded by England for second test because of protocol breach

England fast bowler Jofra Archer was excluded from the second cricket test against the West Indies hours before the start of the match tonight for what the team described as a breach of bio-secure protocols.

Jofra Archer. Source: 1 NEWS

Archer will now start five days of isolation and will undergo two tests for Covid-19 during this period. Archer have to test negative before his self-isolation period is lifted.

The Barbados-born paceman said he was “extremely sorry” for his actions.

“I have put not only myself but the whole team and management in danger," Archer said. "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.”

England said the West Indies were satisfied with the measures imposed on Archer. The teams are playing in an isolated environment at Manchester's Old Trafford ground because of the coronavirus pandemic.

England began the three-match series by losing the first test in Southampton. The team did not release details of Archer's breach.

England did not announce a replacement for Archer in its squad. James Anderson and Mark Wood were due to be rested for the match, meaning England could be missing its entire specialist pace attack from the first test.