Jofra Archer met up with an ugly incident in first New Zealand vs England Test. The pacer faced racial abuse from one of the spectators in the crowd and was shattered. The culprit isn’t identified yet but many thought it must be a local person who was trying to lower down the confidence of the pacer. However, two brothers from Tauranga claimed that it was an Englishmen who passed the comment rather than a kiwi. Now, this is certainly a new twist to the tale and it will be interesting to see how Archer will react to it. Jofra Archer Racial Abuse: England Pacer Has Moved On From Ugly Incident That Occurred During New Zealand vs England 1st Test 2019.
According to a report of Bay of Plenty Times, the brothers were sure that the spectator was not a local guy as he didn’t even once mention a Blackcaps' player and had an English accent. "He was an English supporter. He definitely wasn't a New Zealand supporter, he never once mentioned a New Zealand player," said one of the brothers. The two claimed that the man was wearing a black top and was yelling out at Archer when he was batting. They also revealed that one of his sentences included an abbreviation which was a racial insult. Jofra Archer Racial Abuse: 5 Times Cricketers Were Subjected to Racist Slurs in The Gentlemen’s Game in 21st Century.
Archer was distorted by the abuse and took to Twitter to express his agony. New Zealand cricket board also apologised the pacer on the behalf of spectator. Talking about the series, Kiwis won the first Test by an innings and 65 runs and thus are leading the two-match rubber 1-0. The second Test is being played at Seddon Park in Hamilton. The hosts will eye to clinch the series 2-0 while the Joe Root-led side will seek redemption.