Archer to be tested for COVID-19 before joining training camp - ECB

If tested negative, Archer will join England’s behind-closed-doors training camp on Thursday.

A member of Jofra Archer’s household fell ill over the weekend.   -  Getty Images

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement that Jofra Archer will undergo a second test for COVID-19 on Wednesday after a member of his household felt unwell over the weekend.

If tested negative, he will join England’s behind-closed-doors training camp on Thursday.

“Archer, and members of his household, have tested negative for COVID-19. He will have a second test on Wednesday, and if he tests negative, he will join up with the training group on Thursday,” the ECB statement said.

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The rest of the group and the England management team had already arrived at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Tuesday afternoon to start their preparation ahead of the #RaiseTheBat first Test against West Indies starting on July 8.

But according to media reports, not just Archer but all the 30 negative-returned English cricketers will undergo a second round of COVID-19 tests before entering the Ageas Bowl’s bio-secure bubble for full-scale training for the series against West Indies.

According to a report in Sky News, the players and around 15 support staff will be tested before they quarantine themselves in their hotel rooms for the first 24 hours while their results are received. The players are staying at the Hilton Hotel, which is attached to the stadium.

All 30 players returned negative in the first round of coronavirus testing 10 days ago.

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