England support 'emotional' Archer after racist abuse in New Zealand

Jofra Archer

"Always coming to New Zealand, it's not just a cricket tour for me, it's also a great time to be able to catch up with family that I don't get to see that often".

England's Jofra Archer was racially abused after a gritty display of batting that delayed New Zealand's victory.

The chief executive of New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has apologised in person to England fast bowler Jofra Archer for the racist abuse he received from a spectator Monday on the final day of the first cricket Test at Mount Maunganui.

Archer has been a powerful advocate for diversity in cricket and Giles, when asked how the player was faring, replied: "The tweet, it was obviously emotional, it hurts".

"We cannot accept the fact that it's part of society, it happens in a lot of sports, we hear about it every day and we do not need it at cricket".

The New Zealand Cricket (NZC) and the England Cricket Board (ECB) are investigating the incident. But I know I wasn't hearing stuff.

While it was a necessity to move on from the incident with the second Test in Hamilton starting on Friday, Stokes felt more needed to be done to make people aware of racism.

"I've left what happened at the ground and I've moved on".

"It's a shame that sort of thing is still in society", Giles told reporters after Archer was subjected to racist comments after being dismissed late on day five of the opening Test in Mount Maunganui. However, the 24-year-old has now stated that he is over it and is looking forward to playing in the next Test against the Kiwis. "I'm pretty sure they will find out who it is and come down pretty hard".

Archer has made a huge impact since being unleashed on the worldwide scene in the summer, reaching speeds of 96mph and causing untold problems for batsmen as England won the World Cup before drawing the Ashes.

ESPNCricinfo reported someone claiming to be the person who made the comments had contacted Archer via Instagram.

"My sense is that person should not be allowed into a cricket ground for the rest of their lives in New Zealand".

"If we found the person, we would send it back to the police in the first place", White told Stuff.

But in yet another unusual turn to the case, the brothers also mentioned that the said person did not abuse Archer when he was walking back after his dismissal.

The second Test begins in Hamilton at Seddon Park on Thursday (22:00 GMT).

England team-mate Ben Stokes, born and raised in New Zealand before leaving at the age of 12, insists the incident does not reflect the country as a whole. We're making it clear that there needs to be a heightened awareness around Jofra, given current circumstances.

Giles said: "We're all different and need different management styles - the carrot and stick will work differently with people".



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