Jofra Archer available for selection in final Test against West Indies after warning and fine

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Jofra Archer will be available to play in the final Test against the West Indies after being given little more than a slap on the wrist by his England bosses.

Archer was fined an ‘undisclosed amount’ for his bubble-bursting Brighton detour thought to be in the region of £15,000, the same as a Test match fee.

The fast bowler has also received a formal written warning about his actions in taking an unauthorised visit to his home and meeting a friend which broke bio-secure protocols.

In a short virtual hearing chaired by managing director of men’s cricket Ashley Giles, Archer, his agent and a Professional Cricketer’s Association all dialled in to provide his side of the story.

And taking into account Archer’s impeccable previous record it was decided that a warning and a fine was all that was necessary to bring things to a close.

Archer is believed to have apologised once more to Giles and the team showing genuine remorse for the mistake he made in visiting his home.

He will undergo the first of two Covid tests today before having a second on Monday and as long as both are returned negative he will be free to rejoin the playing squad on Tuesday and take a full part in training once more.

Teammates have been rallying around Archer since he was put in isolation, by playing Call of Duty online with him and sharing WhatsApp voice messages after play.

“From us as players and as an England group this is where we really need to be there to support Jofra right now because he is a big talking point,” said vice-captain Ben Stokes.

“The worst thing we could do as a team is leave him and see him in five or six days and say ‘alright’, times like these for people are very very tough.

“You can feel like you are all by yourself, but I don’t think anybody is going to allow that to happen, Jofra is a massive part of this group.

“It is all good being there for people when things are going well and smoothly but what really matters is how you operate when someone needs you the most.”

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