Published On: Mon, Nov 25th, 2019

Jofra Archer accuse New Zealand fan of racial abuse during England Test match | Cricket | Sport

Jofra Archer says he heard racial insults as England battled against New Zealand during the first Test match defeat.

England were beaten by an innings and 65 runs at the Bay Oval to kick off the two Test series in New Zealand.

England were bowled out for 197 with 21.4 overs remaining in Mount Maunganui when they needed to see the day though to salvage anything from the Test.

But now Archer, who scored 30, has tweeted to say he could hear racial insults when he was battling for the team.

He tweeted: “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.”

Neither the ECB nor New Zealand Cricket have made a statement on the allegations yet.

The second Test begins on Thursday at 10pm UK time.

Speaking about the game, England captain Joe Root said: “We did a lot of good stuff – we just need to do it for longer. It’s different to the style of cricket we’ve had to play in our home conditions.

“We can’t panic and think it’s the end of the world. We are working hard behind the scenes and if we come back strong, we’ll hopefully level it up.”

But the skipper has come under fire with some question his position.

“England didn’t quite get their mentality right,” Mark Ramprakash said on TMS.

“Stokes said runs would be important, but they didn’t bat normally. England went nowhere. It’s that indecision that cost Root his wicket.”

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