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Kent batsman Jordan Cox dropped after breaching social distancing protocols
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Kent batsman Jordan Cox dropped after breaching social distancing protocols

Kent's Jordan Cox has been omitted from the team's line-up for their next Bob Willis Trophy match against Middlesex after he was found to be breaching the Covid-19 protocols.

The 19-year-old batting sensation had broken the social distancing rules after leaving the ground as he agreed to a request for a photograph with young fans.

The incident occurred following Kent's victory over Sussex, where he starred with a terrific double ton and stitched a record 423-run partnership with Jack Leaning.

The youngster's immaculate 238 marks the first instance of a player born in the 21st century racking up a three-figure score on English soil.

But he will now commence a period of self-isolation and will have to return a negative coronavirus test before being allowed to reintegrate with the squad.

“I am very sorry that this has happened,” Cox said in a statement published by Kent. “I fully understand the consequences, and I want to apologise to everyone."

“I’m gutted to be missing the next match and feel like I have let the team down,” he said.

“It is unfortunate for Jordan that on the back of an outstanding performance, our team medical protocols were breached," the club's director of cricket, Paul Downton, said.

“We take these protocols very seriously and Jordan has no choice but to go into self-isolation.”

Earlier this summer, Jofra Archer was dropped from the England side for the second West Indies Test when he travelled outside his team's bio-secure bubble to briefly visit his apartment.