Young gun Jofra Archer alleges he was the target of “racial insults” from one member of the crowd on the final day of England’s heavy defeat to New Zealand.
Neil Wagner delivered the decisive blows as New Zealand crushed England by an innings and 65 runs with an hour to spare in the first Test at Mount Maunganui.
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Archer was called upon to save England with bat and valiantly put on 30 runs.
The paceman praised the majority of the Mount Maunganui crowd for the atmosphere, but condemned one fan he claimed target him with “racial insults”.
A bit disturbing hearing racial insults today whilst battling to help save my team,” he tweeted on Monday evening.
“The crowd was [sic] been amazing this week except for that one guy.
“@TheBarmyArmy was good as usual also.”
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
— Jofra Archer (@JofraArcher) November 25, 2019
New Zealand too strong
Wagner proved too good for the tourists' middle and lower order, finishing with 5-44 on Monday as New Zealand put the icing on a dominant final three days.
England were knocked over for 197 just before the final drinks break at Bay Oval on Monday, never threatening the 262 they needed to make the hosts bat again.
It was a memorable and fighting victory for New Zealand that captain Kane Williamson said was clearly set up by their exceptional response of 9-(dec) 615 after England posted 353.
Wicketkeeper BJ Watling's 205 and a maiden Test century to Mitchell Santner (126) squeezed the life from the visitors, who will face an inquisition ahead of the second Test in Hamilton from Friday.
"England are an outstanding side and it took a huge amount of hard work to get past their total on a wicket that was wearing," Williamson said.
"A huge amount of heart from that middle order batting unit to get us to the 600 mark. For them to keep making good decisions for a long period of time was an outstanding effort."