For the second Test against West Indies, England will be going in without Jofra Archer as he’s been ruled out for breaching the team’s bio-secure protocols.
In the ongoing series, Archer took 3 wickets conceding 106 runs in the opener match last week in Southampton. The guest won the game by four wickets and made a lead with 1-0 in the three-match series.
As England will go into the second match at Manchester with the aim to level the score, Archer will not be part of the XI players as he is handed a five days isolation.
The 25-year-old pacer will also be required to undergo two COVID-19 tests during the period and both the results need to be negative before his self-isolation is lifted.
With both the teams staying at Old Trafford as part of the measures taken for the ongoing series in wake of the pandemic, West Indies was informed about the situation and they are satisfied with the steps taken.
In a press release, Archer said, “I am extremely sorry for what I have done.” He was addressing the press ahead of Thursday’s opening day of play.
“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 apologise to everyone in the bio-secure bubble.
“It deeply pains me to be missing the Test match, especially with the series poised. I feel like I have let both teams down, and again I am sorry.”
For the second Test, England has decided to rest James Anderson and Mark Wood which implies Anderson will miss showing his game at his home ground.
Stuart Broad seems to be the most likely replacement for Archer to the 13-man squad that also includes left-armer Sam Curran and uncapped Sussex seamer Ollie Robinson along with Chris Woakes.
Joe Root who missed the first Test due to the birth of his second child will be returning to captain the home side.