ENG v WI 2020: Jofra Archer’s second COVID-19 test returns negative, allowed to rejoin England squad

Archer was dropped from the second Test against West Indies for violating team's bio-secure protocols.

Jofra Archer | AFPJofra Archer has been cleared to rejoin the England squad after his second COVID-19 test result returned negative.

The speedster had to self-isolate after being excluded from the squad for the second Test against West Indies for violating the team's bio-secure protocols

Archer has made an unauthorised trip to his home in Hove after the first Test in Southampton. The 25-year-old was forced to isolate for five days and undergo two COVID-19 tests before being allowed to rejoin the camp.

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Jofra is available to play in the third and final Test. His return will also bolster England’s chances of winning the series after the hosts won the second Test by 113 runs and levelled the series 1-1.

England skipper Joe Root has also made it clear that Archer’s mistake would not be held against him at the time of team selection.

"As far as I'm concerned, he's been through disciplinary meeting," Root quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. "He's very aware of the consequences now of his actions and he's very remorseful about what he's done.

"As team-mates we've tried to make sure that we've been there for him in many respects, but he's very well aware he made a massive error.

"Once that disciplinary is gone through and it's been made very aware of what his punishment is, I think now is time for us to look at it in terms of him being available for selection."

The series-decider will be played at Old Trafford from Friday (July 24).


By Salman Anjum - 21 Jul, 2020

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