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Jofra Archer fined for breaking biosecurity protocols; will be available for third Test
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Jofra Archer fined for breaking biosecurity protocols; will be available for third Test

Jofra Archer has been fined and given a written warning for a breach of the coronavirus protocols ahead of the second Test against West Indies but will be available for selection in the final match of the series at Old Trafford.

Archer made a stop at his home in Hove on Monday and met an unnamed individual before travelling to Manchester to join the squad.

As a result of his actions, he was reprimanded with an omission from the England lineup for the second game and was forced into a five-day period of self-isolation. He will be tested for coronavirus twice and would be allowed to reintegrate with the side once those tests return negative results.

Archer's visit outside the "bio-secure bubble" was considered a serious breach of the safety protocols in place with ECB director of cricket Ashley Giles admitting that it could have potentially cost England cricket "millions of pounds".

Giles chaired the disciplinary hearing on Archer's case and decided upon an "undisclosed" fine and a written warning as sufficient punishment for the right-arm quick.

Contrary to calls from some members of the cricket fraternity for Archer's exclusion from the third Test, he is due to rejoin the team three days before the next match.

"Jofra Archer has been fined an undisclosed amount and received an official written warning after admitting to breaching the team's bio-secure protocols on Monday 13 July when he made an unauthorised visit to his home in Hove," ECB said in a statement.

Prior to the ECB's verdict, Archer had received the backing of star all-rounder Ben Stokes, who spoke against the extensive backlash against the seamer.

"We really need to be there to support Jofra right now," he claimed.

Archer also expressed remorse on Thursday, adding: "I fully accept the consequences of my actions."

He was England's standout bowler in the last innings of the first Test, picking up three West Indies wickets during England's defeat.

The 25-year-old from Barbados shot to prominence in the 2019 World Cup when he bowled the important Super Over in England's dramatic win over New Zealand in the grand finale.