New Zealand captain Kane Williamson apologises to Jofra Archa over racist abuse


New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has apologised and condemned the racist abuse which was directed towards England's Jofra Archer by a crowd member during the Bay Oval Test in Tauranga.

Williamson told, as per Wisden, that the racism was "against everything that we as Kiwis are about, and I certainly hope that nothing like that ever happens again.

"I can only apologise on behalf of Kiwis to Jofra, not only from our team and how we look to conduct ourselves, but what we expect of Kiwis in general."

Just yesterday Jofra revealed on his twitter that he'd been the target of abuse from a single spectator on the final day of the first Test, which England lost by an innings.

After the incident was revealed, New Zealand Cricket quickly issued an apology, joining the England and Wales Cricket Board in promising an investigation and tough action against the currently unidentified perpetrator.

Williamson said that he was "100 per cent" shocked when he heard what had happened:

It's a horrific thing.

"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. It certainly won't if there's any influence we can have on it."

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said that the board were inclined to ban the spectator from all cricket grounds once they are identified following the investigation.


White revealed that he had met Archer after the incident: "I said we're very, very disappointed and I think he was appreciative of me making the effort to go and see him."

It has since been confirmed by the Managing Director of England Men's cricket, Ashley Giles, that Archer heard the comments while he was walking back after his obdurate knock in the second innings and reported it to security straight away.

On Tuesday, Giles said: "You know what our team is like, they'll rally around him pretty well but it's a serious incident.

"He's a young man making his way in the game and we don't need this sort of thing. It's a shame that sort of thing is still in our society."

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