Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has come in support of the English pacer, Jofra Archer who has said that he was subjected to “racial insults” by a spectator during the fifth and final day of the first Test against New Zealand at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.
Replying to a tweet of Archer, Rashford wrote: “Unreal talent and already a national hero. Deserve better bro so just keep doing your thing”. Archer had earlier tweeted: “A bit disturbing hearing racial insults today whilst battling to help save my team. The crowd has been amazing this week except for that one guy. The Barmy Army was good as usual”.
Unreal talent and already a national hero. Deserve better bro so just keep doing your thing 👊🏿
You still up for that challenge? 👀
— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) November 25, 2019
On Monday, England suffered demoralizing loss by an innings and 65 runs and conceded a 1-0 lead to the Black Caps in the two-match series.
Meanwhile, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has said that it will be contacting, and apologizing to Archer. In a statement, NZC said, “Although security providers at the venue were unable to locate the perpetrator, NZC will be examining CCTV footage and making further inquiries tomorrow in an endeavor to identify the man responsible.”
The security providers failed to find the culprit and New Zealand Cricket will examine CCTV footage to identify the man who used offensive language towards the 24-year-old fast bowler. New Zealand’s cricket governing body further promised increased vigilance for the second Test which will be played in Hamilton scheduled to commence on Friday.
“We will contact Mr. Archer tomorrow to apologize for the unacceptable experience, and promise increased vigilance in the matter when the teams next meet in Hamilton,” New Zealand Cricket added.
In the match, England won the toss and opted to bat. The visitors posted 353 on the board in their first innings. New Zealand, in reply, were in trouble at one stage with 127 for four. However, wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling went on to score a double century to help New Zealand take a 262-run first-innings lead.
On the fifth day, Neil Wagner picked up his eighth five-wicket haul in Tests to help the hosts go 1-0 up in the two-match Test series.