The 25-year-old England fast bowler Jofra Archer is ready to re-join the English Test squad after his second negative result in the COVID-19 test report.
Barbados-born Jofra Archer was in both the final 13-member English squads for the first two Tests of the ongoing three-match home Test series against West Indies. The right-arm fast bowler appeared in the opening game of this series at Southampton, where England lost by four wickets.
Though he finished with the wicket-less bowling figures during the West Indies’ first innings (0/61), he managed to pick up three crucial wickets in the fourth innings (3/45) of that match.
Jofra Archer was dropped from the second Test for breaching team’s bio-secure protocols
Just a few hours before the beginning of the second Test in this ongoing series at Manchester, Archer was dropped from the team for breaching team’s bio-secure protocols. Archer had made an unauthorised trip to his home after the first Test defeat.
In a result, he spent five days of self-isolation and also underwent two COVID-19 tests. As both the COVID-19 tests have negative results, Archer now has been added in the English Test squad.
Earlier, Archer faced wide criticism for breaching team’s bio-secure protocols. While the youngster felt sorry and apologised for his action, he got huge support from the teammates. As Archer finally escaped from the big punishment as he was only fined and officially warned in writing, he became available for the final game of this Test series but he still had to undergo with two negative COVID-19 test reports.
Once again, Old Trafford (Manchester) will host the third or final match of this ongoing Test series between 24th and 28th July. At present, the series is standing with 1-1 after the second Test. While West Indies won the first Test by four wickets, England levelled the series after winning the second Test by 113 runs.