Jofra Archer: Racists out of tune with changing world

The 24-year-old Barbados-born Jofra Archer has quickly become a favourite with the England fans since he became eligible to play for his adopted country.

Jofra Archer (in England jersey) has become a fan favourite in England after World Cup success and impressive Ashes outings.   -  Getty Images

England’s fast-bowling sensation Jofra Archer says cricket fans who resort to racist abuse should realise times have moved on and the world is a much more multicultural place.

The 24-year-old Barbados-born bowler has quickly become a favourite with the England fans since he became eligible to play for his adopted country earlier this year.

The Sussex star benefited from the England and Wales Cricket Board reducing the eligibility period from seven years to three so he did not have to wait till 2022.

He quickly showed his worth by bowling the decisive Super Over in the thrilling World Cup final win over New Zealand.

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He then marked his test debut by flooring Australia’s star batsman Steve Smith in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s which saw him miss the following match at Headingley with concussion and in his absence England won to level the series.

It was in the fourth Test at Old Trafford -- which Australia won to ensure it retained the Ashes -- that Archer was barracked by a couple of fans.

“I was aware what the guys were saying -- something about my passport -- but I blanked them,” he told The Daily Mail in an interview conducted in New Zealand where England are touring.

“It was only later that Rooty (Joe Root the England captain) said the guys got ejected.

“It was the first time I’d seen someone get ejected from a ground, because there were some abusive fans when we played Pakistan at Trent Bridge (heckling Ben Stokes).