Jofra Archer in England squad for final Test against West Indies

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Jofra Archer in England squad for final Test against West Indies


Jofra Archer (fourth from left) rejoined the England squad on Tuesday
England v West Indies, third Test
Venue:Emirates Old TraffordDates:24-28 July
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Pace bowler Jofra Archer has been included in the England squad for the deciding Test against West Indies.

The 25-year-old was dropped from the second Test for breaching the Covid-19 bio-secure protocols.

In his newspaper column, Archer spoke of struggling for motivation when he returned to practice and needing to be “100% mentally right” in order to play at Emirates Old Trafford.

James Anderson and Mark Wood are also in a 14-man squad for Friday’s match.

But there is concern over the fitness of all-rounder Ben Stokes, who may not be able to bowl.

Stokes scored 254 runs, took three crucial wickets and a catch in being named man of the match in England’s second Test win, but pulled up midway through an over late on the final day.

“Ben has a little bit of a niggle,” England captain Joe Root told BBC Sport. “He’ll definitely be able to play, but it’s about how much impact he will be able to make with the ball.

“It’s lingered a little bit. It’s nothing too serious or something to worry about long-term. It’s about managing him very carefully.”

With the three-Test series poised at 1-1, West Indies have the opportunity for a first series win in England since 1988.

England are looking to reclaim the Wisden Trophy and defend a six-year unbeaten home record.

England squad for final Test against West Indies:Joe Root (Yorkshire) captain, James Anderson (Lancashire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Dominic Bess (Somerset), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Sam Curran (Surrey), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).

Archer has ‘big smile on his face’

Archer was set to play in the second Test until his breach of the protocols – put in place to shield players from coronavirus – came to light the night before the match was due to begin.

He admitted visiting his home in Hove on the journey from Southampton, where the first Test was played, to Emirates Old Trafford, the venue for the second and third.

The Sussex bowler was forced to spend five days in isolation and was later fined and given a written warning.

Archer began bowling in the nets at the end of his isolation period and returned two negative coronavirus tests before rejoining the rest of the England players on Tuesday.

Writing in the Daily Mail, Archer said he had suffered racist abuse on Instagram and has withdrawn from social media because it is “unnecessary noise”.

“He’s had a tough week,” said Root. “Some of the stuff he had

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