Jofra Archer is the new sensation in English cricket. He is currently busy in the New Zealand tour with the English team where his team recently suffered an innings defeat in the first Test of this series at Bay Oval (Mount Maunganui). During that game, the 24-year-old faced racial insults from a fan which has disturbed him.
England are currently busy in the two-match Test series against the hosts New Zealand. The first Test of this series just ended on this Monday (25th November) which was the day five of that Test match.
On the final day of this Test match, England were battling to save that game. When Jofra Archer came to bat in England’s second innings of this Test match, the visitors were struggling on 138/8 on day five. Along with Sam Curran, Archer battled to save the game and stretched that ninth-wicket partnership for the 16th over. However, finally, they failed to save that match as England were bundled out for 197 runs and New Zealand won that match by an innings and 65 runs. Archer scored 30 runs off 50 balls before losing his wicket.
After that match, Jofra Archer shared his worst feeling in that game on his official Twitter account. He claimed that a guy disturbed him with racial insults. However, the all-rounder also added that the remaining stories of the crowd during that Test match were amazing.
Jofra Archer wrote, “A bit disturbing hearing racial insults today whilst battling to help save my team , the crowd was been amazing this week except for that one guy , @TheBarmyArmy was good as usual also.”
NZC has apologised to Jofra Archer for that incident
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has apologised to Jofra Archer for that racial abuse and also claimed that they will try their best to identify that person. The board has also reminded that they have zero-tolerance on this kind of matter.
The NZC stated, “New Zealand Cricket will be contacting, and apologising to English fast bowler Jofra Archer, who was racially abused by a spectator as he left the field at the conclusion of the first Test at Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui.
“Although security providers at the venue heard unable [sic] to locate the perpetrator, NZC will be examining CCTV footage and making further inquiries tomorrow in an endeavour to identify the man responsible.
“NZC has zero-tolerance towards abusive or offensive language at any of its venues and will refer any developments in the case to police.
“It will contact Mr Archer tomorrow to apologise for the unacceptable experience, and to promise increased vigilance in the matter when the teams next meet in Hamilton.”
Earlier in that game, England decided to bat first and scored 353 runs in their first innings. In reply, the hosts managed to score 615/9 decl., thanks to the wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling’s 205 and Mitchell Santner’s 126 runs knocks.
In the first innings of that match, Jofra Afcher scored just four runs. During New Zealand’s innings, Archer had the bowling figures of 42-15-107-1.
With this innings victory, the hosts New Zealand have taken the 1-0 lead in this two-match Test series. The second and final Test of this series will begin on 29th November at Seddon Park (Hamilton).