The West Indies travelled from the Caribbean to England and underwent a long period of quarantine in order to ensure that the series went ahead safely, which is precisely why Jofra Archer’s breach of protocol has caused so much embarrassment for the ECB.
Archer decided to travel home and see his family in Brighton, rather than driving straight from Southampton to Manchester. As a result of breaching the “bio-secure bubble”, Archer was not allowed to play in the second Test and had to self-isolate for 5 days. Before the self-isolation period was allowed to be finished, Archer also needed to test negative on two Corona virus tests. He was then allowed to join the deciding test match and was named in the 14 man squad on Friday.
Archer apologised for his actions, stating, “I am extremely sorry for what I have done. 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”.