England's Archer available for third Test despite COVID breach, July 18, 2020
ISLAMABAD-Manchester,England fast bowler Jofra Archer will be available to play in next week's series finale against the West Indies after being ruled out of the second Test for a breach of coronavirus protocols, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced Saturday.
Both teams have been living in "bio-secure bubble" sites at the Ageas Bowl, the venue for last week's first Test, and Emirates Old Trafford, where the final two matches of the series are taking place.
He was then left out of the ongoing second Test that started Thursday, with Archer self-isolating in a hotel room for five days at the ground.
But following a disciplinary hearing on Friday, the Barbados-born quick has been fined an "undisclosed amount".
The paceman's agent and a representative from the Professional Cricketers' Association also attended the hearing.
Archer will now undergo two COVID-19 tests, which have to produce negative results, before his self-isolation period is lifted.
An ECB statement said Archer was due to rejoin the squad on Tuesday -- three days before Friday's start of the third Test.(AFP/APP)