Archer dropped for England test over 'breach of bio-secure protocols'

Ross Houston
July 16, 2020

Archer's exclusion is a huge setback for Chris Silverwood's team as the look to avert a first Test series defeat on home soil since 2014.

Archer, however, admitted he broke the strict health regulations and was removed from the squad for the second Test after playing in last week's opener.

As a wise man once said, ooh baby, I feel right, the music sounds better with you. I fully accept the consequences of my actions and I want to sincerely apologise to everyone in the bio-secure bubble.

Archer will instead commence five days of isolation and will undergo two Covid-19 tests in this period, which have to test negative before his self-isolation period is lifted. "He gets if he gets an opportunity to come back again, then I'm sure he'll be desperate to take it", added the England skipper.

England said the West Indies were satisfied with the measures imposed on Archer.

But the breach is likely to provoke an angry response from officials at Lord's after they made strenuous efforts to persuade both the West Indies and Pakistan to tour England this season against the backdrop of more than 44,000 deaths in Britain during the pandemic. Without worldwide cricket this summer, the English game could have faced an estimated loss of £280 million (Dh1.3bn).

England have not named a replacement, with the starting XI for the Test due to be confirmed at the toss.

It is understood Archer's breach of the rules took place sometime after Sunday's end of the first Test at Hampshire's Ageas Bowl and before the squad arrived at Old Trafford.

Both Crawley and Denly played in the first Test at the Ageas Bowl last week but it was the younger of the two making the biggest impression, producing a second innings knock of 76 and sharing a stand of 98 with stand-in captain Ben Stokes. Instead of travelling directly to Old Trafford, he went via his flat in Brighton.

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