NZ v ENG 2019: Racial abuse directed at Jofra Archer not reflective of wider NZ culture, says Ben Stokes

New Zealand Cricket has already apologised to the Barbados-born pacer.


Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer | Getty

The England cricket team has rallied behind Jofra Archer after the pacer received "racial insults" from a member of the crowd while batting on the last day of the first Test against New Zealand at Bay Oval.

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Ben Stokes said they're trying to make Archer comfortable before the second test in Hamilton, slated to start on Friday (November 29). However, the Kiwi-born all-rounder dismissed the talks that this incident is reflective of wider New Zealand culture.

"We're making him aware that we've got his back after a horrific incident," Stokes quoted as saying by "Something that shouldn't happen in sport or life in general in 2019.

"It's a shame because that doesn't represent what New Zealand is about as a country. I think what New Zealand represents is how much support Jofra has had, not just from the New Zealand cricket team, but New Zealand in general after the incident."

Since Stokes was born in Christchurch and has lived there till the age of 12, he is in a better position to comment on this sensitive issue. He travelled to New Zealand a week before the rest of the squad to spend time with his family.

Despite making his name through English cricketer, Stokes considers Māori and New Zealand heritage a source of great pride.

"It's got my tribe and if you look at me you can't see where the Māori is to be honest. It's all from my mum's side. I'm obviously very proud of my heritage and where I am from."


By Salman Anjum - 27 Nov, 2019

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