27 Nov 2019

Archer disappointed crowd didn't stop racist comments

6:06 pm on 27 November 2019

The England fast bowler Jofra Archer has expressed disappointment that spectators didn't intervene in the wake of racial slurs directed at him by a member of the crowd during the first Test against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui.

England fast bowler Jofra Archer.

England fast bowler Jofra Archer. Photo: Photosport

In his column in the Daily Mail Archer wrote he has moved on from the event.

"I don't want to go into the details of what was said but I know what I heard. I thought members of the crowd around the guy might have pulled him up because I could hear him from the pitch as I was walking off," Archer said.

"I should also say it was just one person who was shouting stuff.

"But I found the incident a real shame. When you come to another country, you half expect fans to have a go at your cricket. If someone wants to shout at me and tell me I'm bowling badly, that's fine. I may not agree but it's fine. It's part of the experience of being a touring cricketer."

Archer said he told one of the security staff about the incident.

He said he now wants to concentrate on the second test helping England turn the series around after the innings and 65 run loss in Mount Maunganui.

New Zealand Cricket has apologised to Archer with chief executive David White meeting with him on Tuesday and Black Caps captain Kane Williamson has said he will do the same before the second test starts in Hamilton on Friday.

New Zealand Cricket has said it will have increased security among the crowd at Seddon Park.

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