England have recalled Jofra Archer to the squad for the crucial series decider against West Indies at Old Trafford, which begins on Friday, after the fast bowler missed the second Test for breaking bio-secure protocols.
Archer was fined a match fee and had to undergo five days in quarantine after leaving the Test series’ bio-secure bubble to stop off at his flat in Hove en route to Manchester from the first game at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl.
He revealed this week that he had reported racist abuse on social media to the ECB and was feel demotivated following the furore around the incident, but has been included nonetheless and is expected to play as England look to clinch a 2-1 series win.
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James Anderson and Mark Wood also return to the squad after being rested for the second Test, and with Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran all retained following that 113-run victory, there will be fierce competition for a place in the starting XI.
Sussex’s Ollie Robinson drops out of the 14-man squad.
England squad for third Test
Joe Root (Yorkshire) Captain, James Anderson (Lancashire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Dominic Bess (Somerset), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Sam Curran (Surrey), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).
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