June 23, 2020 / 11:37 PM / 11 days ago

Archer delays joining England squad after taking precautionary COVID-19 test

FILE PHOTO: Cricket - New Zealand v England - Second Test - Seddon Park, Hamilton, New Zealand - November 30, 2019 England's Jofra Archer appeals for the wicket of New Zealand's Daryl Mitchell REUTERS/Ross Setford/File Photo

(Reuters) - Fast bowler Jofra Archer has been delayed from joining the England squad after he underwent a precautionary test for COVID-19 when a member of his household felt unwell last weekend, the England and Wales Cricket Board said.

Archer was supposed to link up with the England team, who are going into isolation head of their test series against West Indies, in Southampton on Tuesday.

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

The first test starts in Southampton on July 8 and Archer said on Monday that he was fit and ready for the three-match series after battling an elbow injury.

Reporting by Greg Stutchbury in Wellington; Editing by Pritha Sarkar

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