Manchester: England fast bowler Jofra Archer has been excluded from the second Test against the West Indies starting today (July 16) at Old Trafford following a breach of the team’s bio-secure protocols, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said.

Archer will now commence five days of isolation and will undergo two COVID-19 tests in this period, which have to test negative before his self-isolation period is lifted, ECB added.

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The West Indies team have been made aware and are satisfied with the measures that have been imposed, it said.

“I am extremely sorry for what I have done,” said Archer.

“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.”

West Indies hold a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series after winning the opening game in Southampton.