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Archer claims to be subjected to 'racial insults' during New Zealand Test
Racial Abuse

Archer claims to be subjected to 'racial insults' during New Zealand Test

Jofra Archer has alleged receiving racial abuse during the final day of the first Test against New Zealand while batting in the middle.

Archer stitched a stubborn 59-run stand for the ninth wicket alongside left-arm pacer Sam Curran in a bid to salvage a draw for his side but his efforts failed to prevent an innings and 65 runs loss for the tourists.

Archer's fighting 50-ball 30 was, however, eclipsed by the controversy surrounding racial taunts directed at the Barbados-born cricketer.

The 24-year-old communicated details about the treatment through his official Twitter account following the completion of the 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," he tweeted.

New Zealand Cricket immediately released a statement saying they will reach out to the tearaway speedster and personally apologise to him.

"New Zealand Cricket will be contacting, and apologising to English fast bowler Jofra Archer, who was racially abused by a spectator as he left the field at the conclusion of the first Test at Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui."

NZC public affairs manager Richard Boock reiterated the board's commitment to maintaining a "zero tolerance towards abusive or offensive language" at all cricket venues in the country.

Boock promised extra vigilance to avoid such unsavoury incidents and aimed to punish the culprits involved.

He said security at the stadium were examining CCTV footage from the scene of the event and were attempting to identify the person responsible for the comments.

If caught, the accused is likely to be reported to the police for further investigation.

Earlier in the summer, two Australian fans were evicted from Old Trafford after hurling abuse at Archer in the fourth Ashes Test.