England v West Indies: Jofra Archer fined and warned for coronavirus breach

Jofra Archer has been fined and warned by England

Jofra Archer has been fined and warned by England (Picture: Getty)

Jofra Archer has been fined and warned by England after breaching the bio-secure protocols prior to the second Test against West Indies.

The fast bowler made an unauthorised trip back to his home in Brighton between the opening Test in Southampton and second Test in Manchester.

As the entire series is being played behind closed doors at bio-secure venues, the breach meant Archer was excluded from playing in the second match at Old Trafford and would have to self-isolate for five days while being tested for coronavirus twice.

Following a disciplinary hearing chaired by Ashley Giles, managing director of Men’s Cricket at the ECB, Archer has been fined an undisclosed amount and received an official written warning.

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Speaking during the second Test against West Indies, Giles said Archer’s bio-secure breach could have been a ‘disaster’ for England’s summer.

‘The ripple effect it could have had could have cost us tens of millions of pounds,’ the former England spinner said.

‘The potential knock-on effect of this, I don’t think he could have fully understood.

‘We made it very clear what the protocols mean, but maybe he didn’t quite understand what the consequences could be.’

Archer, who took three wickets in England’s opening defeat to the Windies, has apologised for breaching the protocols and said he felt he had ‘let down’ both teams.

‘I am extremely sorry for what I have done. I feel like I have let both teams down,’ said the 25-year-old.

‘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.’

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