Jofra Archer ‘absolutely fine’ for second Test – Joe Root
England captain Joe Root says Jofra Archer is going to be focused during the very first game despite racist abuse for Thursday’s second Test with New Zealand.
Archer, 24, said that he had been exposed to racism after he had been out on the afternoon of the innings defeat of England in Mount Maunganui.
“Everyone has made certain he is OK and tell him we have his back and now we are encouraging him,” Root said.
“He’s dealt with it very well; he’ll be absolutely fine to play.”
The boards of both nations are exploring the abuse against Archer, which he says came”out of one guy” at the Bay Oval.
Quick bowler Archer has seized 23 Test wickets in five games and 23 wickets at 14 one-day internationals, featuring over New Zealand in the Ashes and July and made his England debut in May.
“He is dealt with so much already for this young guy,” Root included.
“It is amazing to see that his attitude and how he continues to stay generally pretty level.”
England vice-captain Ben Stokes, who was born and raised in New Zealand before departing with his family to move to England aged 12, said:”It’s a pity because that does not signify what New Zealand is roughly as a nation at all.
“I believe what New Zealand signifies is how much support Jofra’s had, not only from your New Zealand cricket team but New Zealand in general then incident.”
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said he intended to apologise in person to Archer to the”horrific” racist abuse.
“It is against everything we as Kiwis are about,” Williamson explained.