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Men’s cricket England handed Jofra Archer boost for final Test

JOFRA ARCHER will rejoin England for the deciding Test against the West Indies this week after a second negative test for the coronavirus today.

Archer was removed from the squad last week on the eve of the second Test after he breached biosecurity rules with an unauthorised trip to his home in Hove.

He was placed in isolation for five days at Old Trafford’s on-site hotel, allowed out only for carefully controlled solitary fitness work and later fined £15,000 at a disciplinary hearing.

Having come into contact with an unnamed individual during his detour between Test venues, Archer needed to test negative twice before being allowed to return to the playing group.

His availability gives England a full set of six seamers to choose from for the series decider, which starts on Friday in Manchester. Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran contributed to the 113-run win on Monday, while James Anderson, Mark Wood and Archer are fully rested after playing in Southampton.

Captain Joe Root insisted Archer’s lapse of judgement would not be held against him when it came to selection.

“It was disappointing from our side of things but, as far as I’m concerned, he’s been through a disciplinary meeting, he’s very aware of the consequences of his actions and very remorseful,” Root said.

“As a side, and mates, we’ve been there for him. He’s aware he made a massive error but, once the disciplinary has gone through, it’s time for us to look at him being available.”

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