2nd Test: England must assist Jofra Archer, says Ben Stokes after pacer’s bio-secure protocol breach

Manchester, July 18

England all-rounder Ben Stokes says star pacer Jofra Archer wants full assist of his teammates following his bio-secure protocol breach which led to his dropping from the continued second Test towards the West Indies right here.

Archer will endure two COVID-19 assessments throughout a five-day isolation interval after his unsanctioned journey to Brighton between the primary and second Tests.

Stokes, who scored 176 to information England to 469 for 9 declared of their first innings at Old Trafford on Friday, stated it’s the group’s responsibility to not let Archer really feel remoted throughout this powerful part.

“We really need to be there to support Jofra right now. Obviously he’s a big talking point and he is by himself because of everything else going on at the moment,” Stokes was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

“It’s ensuring that it doesn’t really feel like he’s by himself. The worst factor we might do proper now as a group is simply depart him and see him in 5 or 6 days’ time.

“It’s all good being there for people when things are going well and smoothly but what really comes through is how you operate with someone when they need you the most,” stated Stokes who led England within the first Test, which they misplaced by 4 wickets, within the absence of Joe Root.

England head coach Chris Silverwood agreed with Stokes, saying “Archer is a massive part of the group”.

“At times like this people are very, very tough and you can feel like you are all by yourself, but I don’t think anybody is going to allow that to happen,” he stated.

“Jofra’s a massive part of this group, as everybody is. If it was anybody else bar Jofra it would be exactly the same.” PTI

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