England bowler Jofra Archer was ruled out of the second Test against the West Indies and sent into self-isolation on Thursday for breaking “bio-secure protocols” aimed at stopping coronavirus infections, the England and Wales Cricket Board said.
Both teams have been living in secure “bubble” sites at the Ageas Bowl, the venue for last week’s first Test, and Old Trafford, where the final two matches of the series will take place, in a bid to combat the spread of Covid-19.
Archer, however, admitted he broke the strict health regulations and was removed from the squad for the second Test after playing in last week’s opener.
“I am extremely sorry for what I have done,” the fast bowler said in an ECB statement.
“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.”
Twitter was left in shock after the news of Archer’s exclusion broke out. Many called out the young pacer for his carelessness, while some pointed to the advantage this presents West Indies.
Here are some reactions:
Given Archer’s Twitter timeline having a tweet for every possible situation from the past, one user wondered if this would be one scenario too much.
But, Jofra always has a tweet.
(With inputs from AFP)