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Cricket: England's Jofra Archer excluded from 2nd Test after 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 Thursday for what the team described as a breach of bio-secure protocols. Archer will now start five days of isolation and will undergo two tests for COVID-19 during this period. Archer has to test negative before his self-isolation period is lifted. In a statement released by the England Cricket Board (ECB), the Barbados-born paceman said he was “extremely sorry” for his actions, the exact details of which haven't been disclosed. 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 and no player is allowed to leave the bio-secure bubble. England began the three-match series by losing the first test on a dramatic final day at the Rose Bowl. England did not announce a replacement for Archer in its squad. It increases the likelihood of a recall for Stuart Broad, England's second-highest test wicket-taker of all time, who was dropped for the first test and spoke out publicly during the match about his disappointment.

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  • Released : 17-Jul-2020

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