The England fast bowler Jofra Archer was excluded from the second Test against West Indies after breaching the bio-secure protocols. All of England’s cricket games are being played behind closed doors in a bio-secure environment.
The cricketer went to his Brighton home between the first and second Test which are in different cities. With the small ban placed, England has had to search for other pace attackers to aid in the battle against West Indies. Mark Wood and James Anderson are rested for the next match, so England is a bit short on choices for top quality.
Disappointment from all sides
There were concerns about the decision for some players to make their own way to venues, rather than travelling together with the squad. The only exceptions would have been made for those making logistical arrangements. Even though some respected the rules, others thought it was a chance to do what they desired.
England captain Joe Root said Archer’s actions were “disappointing” as it was not deemed professional in the slightest. Archer has also condemned his own actions.
“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 apologise to everyone in the bio-secure bubble. It deeply pains me to be missing the Test match, especially with the series poised.”
Other members of the team have also acknowledged the mistakes of Archer but are ready to look on and approach the next Test match head on.
A large amount of planning went into creating the bio-secure environment and the punishment imposed on Archer goes to show how England is taking safety protocols seriously. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) did consider the need to leave the bubble from time to time; however, some rules were expected to be followed when outside of that zone.