Jofra Archer reveals he was racially abused in England's defeat against New Zealand

Jofra Archer reveals he was racially abused in England’s defeat against New Zealand

The Barbadian-born pacer stitched 59-run partnership for the ninth wicket with Sam Curran.

Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Despite Jofra Archer’s fightback, England failed to prevent New Zealand from registering an innings-and-65-runs win in the first Test at Mount Maunganui. Archer played a crucial 30-run knock off 50 balls on the final afternoon of the match. The Barbadian-born pacer stitched a 59-run partnership for the ninth wicket with Sam Curran to delay the hosts’ victory.

Neil Wagner’s lethal bowling spell and BJ Watling‘s double century steered the Black Caps to an unbeatable position in the two-match Test series. With Trent Boult walking off the field due to pain in ribs, Neil Wagner stepped up and proved his caliber by scalping five wickets. The Kiwi pacer dismissed Archer and Stuart Broad on successive deliveries to bowl out England for 197. Joe Root and Co spent a grueling 201 overs in the field before being bowled out for 197 on the final day.

After the Kiwis took the second new ball, Wagner bowled Buttler who was scoreless after facing 18 deliveries. The South African-born pacer finished with five for 44, joined by Santner who scalped three for 53. BJ Watling also grabbed the headlines as the Kiwi wicket-keeper smashed his maiden double ton. He was assisted by Mitchell Santner as the duo stitched a partnership of 261 runs.

Jofra Archer took 1/107 from 42 overs in New Zealand’s sole innings of the match

Following the defeat, Archer made a startling revelation. The 24-year-old on Monday said that he was subjected to ‘racial insults’ by a spectator while batting during the final day of the Test match. “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,” said Archer on Twitter.

Archer, who was born in Barbados and represented West Indies at the Under-19 level, made an astounding Test debut during the Ashes 2019. However, he was unsuccessful to recreate his magic against New Zealand. Archer took 1/107 from 42 overs in New Zealand’s sole innings of the match.

It will be interesting to see how the English bowlers would retaliate in the second Test. The second and final Test in the series is scheduled to start on Friday in Hamilton.

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