Jofra Archer's isolation ends after second negative test

Jofra Archer’s isolation ends as England bowler’s second Covid-19 test comes back negative after he was kicked out the squad for breaching bio-secure protocols

  • Jofra Archer will be available for selection for Friday’s third Test with West Indies
  • Bowler was kicked out England squad after he breached coronavirus protocol
  • Archer drove to his home in Hove, East Sussex between first and second Tests
  • He has now returned two negative results since and can return 

Jofra Archer’s period of isolation within the England camp is over after a second coronavirus test returned negative.

The fast bowler was excluded from the England team for the second Test against West Indies at Old Trafford, which concluded with a 113-run England victory on Monday.

But this news means Archer will be available for selection for the third and deciding Test which gets underway also at Old Trafford on Friday.

Jofra Archer’s second coronavirus test has returned a negative result meaning his period of isolation is now over and he can be selected for Friday’s third Test

Archer was kicked out the England squad for the second Test at Old Trafford after breaching bio-secure protocols by driving home in between the first and second Tests

Archer was kicked out after breaching strict coronavirus protocols by driving home to Hove last Monday while travelling between two bio-secure ‘bubbles’ at the Ageas Bowl near Southampton and Manchester.

As well as having to go through a period of isolation, Archer was fined about £13,500 – equivalent to his match fee – by the ECB for the indiscretion.

He has since taken two Covid-19 tests and both have returned negative.

It’s likely Archer will return to the England team for Friday’s series decider with West Indies

Archer was permitted to bowl in the nets at Old Trafford on Sunday while wearing a protective mask as England endeavour to preserve his match sharpness if picked for the final Test with the series level at 1-1. 

He took part in a half-hour meeting on Friday evening with managing director Ashley Giles, his agent and a representative from the Professional Cricketers’ Association.

Archer expressed regret for taking the detour home – and it is understood there was no question of ruling him out the last game of the series due to his previous good conduct.

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