How England bowler's racial abuser may have got himself caught

Andrew Reid

A cricket supporter in New Zealand who racially abused England's Jofra Archer, could have inadvertently helped authorities identify him.

Barbados-born Archer tweeted after the match concluded late Monday that it was "a bit disturbing hearing racial insults today whilst battling to help save my team".

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The 24-year-old later told ESPNcricinfo that the abuser was a solitary New Zealand spectator making comments "about the colour of my skin" after he was dismissed and walking toward the pavilion.

According to a report from ESPNcricinfo, a man believed to be the offender then messaged Archer on social media, giving authorities a much better chance of tracking him down.

"Someone believed to be the culprit later contacted Archer by direct message on Instagram. As a result, authorities are confident of being able to identify him," the report stated.

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) offered its apology to Archer after a fan racially abused the England fast bowler as he left the field following the hosts' victory by an innings and 65 runs at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson described the taunt as "horrific", while NZC said the culprit would be reported to the police and barred from cricket grounds jf and when he is officially identified.

NZC said it was an "unacceptable experience" for Archer, and promised "increased vigilance in the matter" for the second Test in Hamilton.

Seen here, Jofra Archer was the victim of a racial attack from a cricket fan in New Zealand.
Jofra Archer claims he was racially abused by a cricket supporter in New Zealand. Pic: Getty

Ashley Giles, managing director of the England team, has been liaising with an apologetic home board and is also checking in with the 24-year-old Archer.

"It was obviously emotional, it hurts," Giles said.

"We fully support Jof, obviously, there is no place for racism in the game, in any game...

"You know what our team is like, they'll rally round him pretty well I should imagine, but it's a serious incident.

"He's a young man making his way in the game and we just don't need this sort of thing."

Archer was playing a Test outside England for the first time.

‘Shocked and disappointed’

The New Zealand team on Monday tweeted support for Archer: "We are shocked and disappointed to hear of the verbal abuse Jofra Archer received after the Test today.

"(England) might be our rivals but they're also our friends and racist abuse is never okay."

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson said he would seek out Archer before the second Test, which begins on Friday, to apologise in person.

"It's a horrific thing," Williamson told the Stuff news website.

Pictured here, England captain Joe Root puts an arm around Jofra Archer.
England captain Joe Root throws a supportive arm around Jofra Archer's shoulder. Pic: Getty

"In a country and a setting where it is very much multi-cultural it's something we need to put to bed quickly and hope nothing like that ever happens again."

The ECB said that "whilst this is a relatively isolated incident there is absolutely no place for anti-social or racist behaviour within the game".

"We're incredibly disappointed, it's just not acceptable and we won't tolerate it," NZC chief executive David White told Newstalk ZB radio.

White says the offender faces the prospect of a life ban from cricket grounds around the country.

New Zealand Cricket has ordered increased security at the second Test against England in Hamilton, following the incident.

Kane said such racism was "against everything that we as Kiwis are about".

"It's a horrific thing. In a country and a setting where it is very much multi-cultural," he told news website

"It's something we need to put to bed quickly and hope nothing like that ever happens again. It certainly won't if there's any influence we can have on it."

With agencies