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Jofra Archer draws line under racist incident as thoughts turn to Hamilton

It was a frustrating day for Jofra Archer Getty Images

Jofra Archer has declared that he is "over" the incident of racial abuse that marred the closing stages of last week's first Test against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui, as England's thoughts turn towards the challenge of squaring the series in the second Test at Hamilton, which begins on Friday morning.

However, writing in his column in the Daily Mail, Archer described the incident as a "real shame", and made it clear that there is no place for racist abuse "in any walk of life, let alone cricket".

The incident occurred towards the end of England's second innings on the fifth day of the first Test. Faced with impending defeat, Archer scored 30 from 50 balls from No.9 to give England a glimmer of hope before holing out to deep square leg, whereupon he was accosted by a member of the crowd as he returned to the pavilion.

"The first thing I want to say about what happened towards the end of the Test at Mount Maunganui is that I'm over it," Archer wrote. "I've left what happened at the ground and I've moved on. I should also say it was just one person who was shouting stuff.

"But I found the incident a real shame. When you come to another country, you half expect fans to have a go at your cricket. If someone wants to shout at me and tell me I'm bowling badly, that's fine. I may not agree but it's fine. It's part of the experience of being a touring cricketer.

"To hear racism, though -- that's another matter. There is no time or place for it in any walk of life, let alone cricket. It's just not called for."

In a Twitter post shortly after the close of play, Archer described the incident as "a bit disturbing", adding in a separate post that was subsequently deleted that the individual concerned had been "yelling bbc and bc from the scoreboard area".

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ESPNcricinfo understands that the same person is thought to have contacted Archer via Instagram soon afterwards, which may help the authorities to identify him. New Zealand Cricket has pledged to ban the individual for life after reiterating their zero-tolerance attitude to racism.

However, Archer himself now wants to move on, even if he remains disappointed that the spectators in the vicinity didn't do more to address the issue at the time.

"I don't want to go into the details of what was said but I know what I heard," he wrote. "I thought members of the crowd around the guy might have pulled him up because I could hear him from the pitch as I was walking off.

"I guess they didn't. But I know I wasn't hearing stuff. I told the security guard what had happened and that was it. Now my only goal is to make sure we finish this series on a high because we were all disappointed with the result in the first Test."

Archer's returns in that match were below the high standards he set himself during his debut Test series against Australia last summer, and he came in for some criticism as a consequence - not least for his bowling speeds, which rarely touched the 90mph mark of which he is capable..

However, Archer insisted he had done his best in trying circumstances, and also defended the tactics used by his captain, Joe Root, in the course of a New Zealand innings that stretched to a marathon 201 overs.

"I try not to read the media but I guess there's been some talk about my bowling," he wrote. "I did as good as I could: I sent down 42 overs and went at 2.5 in unhelpful conditions. I know I've never bowled more than 30 in an innings before but I felt fine. I could have bowled again the next day.

"I have to accept people are going to be looking at my speeds. I thought I was bowling quicker than the speedgun suggested.

"I pretty much know what speed I usually bowl at and at one point I bowled a normal ball and it came up at 120-something kilometres per hour, which is less than 80mph. That didn't seem right."

"I know Joe used me in short bursts at the start but that was mainly because we were trying to find the right ends for each bowler.

"Sure, we didn't think we'd be in the field for as long as we were but I appreciated what Joe was trying to do.

"It's also not the case that he just wanted me to bowl short. You adapt to conditions and to the batsman. Watling scored 200 and played about two pull shots. Other times the captain asks you to aim for the knee roll. It's not one gameplan that you stick to whatever happens."