Jofra Archer has been included in the 14 men squad announced by England and Wales Cricket (ECB) for the Third and final Test against West Indies beginning tomorrow, July 24 at Emirates Old Trafford.
Jofra Archer, who was dropped hours before the second test after he visited his home post the first Test, re-joined the squad on July 21 after being in isolation for five days and returning two negative COVID-19 tests.
Archer’s participation in the third Test was in doubt after he admitted to have been struggling mentally after being abused racially on social during his five-day self-isolation. However, Jofra Archer’s inclusion in the squad is a positive development and also a sign that fast bowler rotation policy would be continued.
The incident has come to light at a time when both the teams have supported the Black Lives Matter movement to raise awareness against the prevalent racial discrimination.
James Anderson and Mark Wood, both who were part of the first Test at Ageas Bowl in Southampton and had been rested for the second Test, have also been included in the squad.
The three match series is poised 1-1 and the home team would want to field its best combination to win the final Test and lay its hands on the Wisden Trophy from the visitors.
The third Test between England and West Indies is named The Ruth Strauss Foundation Test Match in memory of Andrew’s wife Ruth, who died in December 2018 at the age of 46 after being diagnosed with an incurable lung cancer that affects non-smokers.
Joe Root (captain), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wicket keeper), Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.