Manchester: England vice-captain Ben Stokes has said that the players should support pacer Jofra Archer after he was excluded from the second test against West Indies for breaching bio-secure protocols.
Archer was dropped on Thursday morning after breaking the rules by going to his flat in Brighton following the series opener in Southampton last week.
“We really need to be there to support Jofra right now,” Stokes told reporters who scored a magnificent 176 in England’s 469-9 declared to put his side in charge on day two.
“He’s a big talking point and he is by himself because of everything else going on at the moment. It’s making sure that it doesn’t feel like he’s by himself. The worst thing we could do right now as a team is just leave him and see him in five or six days’ time,” he added.
Stokes emphasized that it was important the team stood together. “It’s all good being there for people when things are going well and smoothly but what really comes through is how you operate with someone when they need you the most,” he maintained.
“At times like this people are very, very tough and you can feel like you are all by yourself, but I don’t think anybody is going to allow that to happen,” he added.
It must be noted that Archer is currently in isolation and will undergo two COVID-19 Tests after his act.