Jofra Archer fined and given official warning after leaving 'bubble' site to go home

The cricketer breached England's 'bio-secure' protocols by visiting his home in Brighton. Credit: PA

Cricketer Jofra Archer has been fined an undisclosed sum and been handed a written warning for breaching England team protocols with an unauthorised trip home.

The fast bowler was dropped from the second Test against the West Indies after visiting his home in Brighton on Monday - breaking England's 'bio-secure' protocol.

The financial penalty against the 25-year-old is understood to be equivalent to a match fee – worth up to £15,000 before any win bonuses – while the warning places him on notice regarding future behaviour.

Archer has escaped an additional ban, however, with a disciplinary hearing on Friday evening seeing England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) taking a more lenient approach.

A statement from the ECB read: "Jofra Archer has been fined an undisclosed amount and received an official written warning after admitting to breaching the team’s bio-secure protocols on Monday 13 July when he made an unauthorised visit to his home in Hove.

"Archer was withdrawn from England’s second Test squad against West Indies at Emirates Old Trafford and is commencing five days of isolation at the venue."

Jofra Archer will have to test negative for the virus before returning. Credit: PA

The governing body added that Archer would take two coronavirus tests during his self-isolation and will only rejoin the squad on Tuesday 21 July if both come back negative.

In a statement, Archer said he was "extremely sorry" for the breach adding: "I have put, not only myself, but the whole team and management in danger. I fully accept the consequences of my actions, and I want to sincerely apologise to everyone in the bio-secure bubble.

"It deeply pains me to be missing the Test match, especially with the series poised. I feel like I have let both teams down, and again I am sorry."