Jofra Archer is absolutely fine to play the second Test after the racial abuse: Joe Root
Archer was at the receiving end of ‘racial insults’ while batting.
Updated - Nov 28, 2019 11:56 am
England’s batting order bundled out on 197 runs against a formidable Kiwi bowling force on the final day of the first Test match. The duo of Neil Wagner and Mitchell Santner dismantled the English batting order by scalping five and three wickets respectively. Kane Williamson and Co cruised to the victory by an innings and 65 runs and gained a 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series.
After England‘s failure in mounting vital partnerships in the middle, it was Jofra Archer who battled it out by gathering 30 runs off 50 balls. However, the Barbadian-born speedster was at the receiving end of ‘racial insults’ while batting. Archer took to Twitter where he stated, “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”
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
— Jofra Archer (@JofraArcher) November 25, 2019
Jofra Archer has dealt with so much at such a young age: Joe Root
The speedster found it ‘a bit disturbing’ to hear racial insults coming from one person in the crowd while he was batting. Archer received an apology from New Zealand Cricket chief David White and skipper Kane Williamson too. English skipper Joe Root has also backed the pacer and has stated that the 24-year-old is absolutely fine ahead of the second Test.
“Everyone has made sure he’s OK and let him know we have his back and we’re supporting him. He has dealt with it very well; he’ll be absolutely fine to play,” said Root as quoted by the BBC.
“He’s dealt with so much already for such a young man. It’s impressive to see his attitude and how he continues to stay generally pretty level,” he added.
England’s vice-captain Ben Stokes had also stated that Archer has got support from the whole squad in such horrific incident. Stokes said the Kiwis, who had shown Archer support following the incident were more reflective of New Zealand than the ‘idiot in the crowd’ who racially abused the pacer.
After suffering a comprehensive defeat in the first game, Joe Root and Co will be eager to retaliate in the second Test that begins in Hamilton on Friday.