A big blow for England as Jofra Archer ruled out of second Test
After their loss in the first Test match against West Indies, England made many changes to the team for the second Test. However, a big blow to the team came when Jofra Archer was ruled out of the second Test for not following the safety protocol in the fight against the COVID-19 and has furthermore been sent into five days of isolation on Thursday.
Both the teams have been strictly abiding by bio-secure protocols that has been defined to handle the spread of the coronavirus infection in cricket. The two teams have been living in a secure site at the Ageas Bowl, the venue for the first Test and moved to Emirates Old Trafford where the final two matches will be held.
Former England captain Michael Atherton termed Archer’s bio-safety protocol violation as “silly” and called it an irresponsible behavior that changed the course of the team for the second Test against West Indies on Thursday.
The fast bowler apologized for his actions, although the nature of the breach has not been unfolded in the statement by the team.
“I am extremely sorry for what I have done,” Archer, who played in last week’s first Test, said in an ECB statement.
“I have put, not only myself but the whole team and management in danger. I fully accept the consequences of my actions, and I want to sincerely apologize to everyone in the bio-secure bubble.”
Archer’s mistake may cost his team a great deal as winning the second and third Test is crucial for the side in order to win the series.