Abusing Jofra Archer that too while sitting in England is perhaps not the right idea and some Australian fans must have realised it on Wednesday after being kicked out of the Old Trafford where the fourth Ashes Test is underway. The incident took place on day one of the Test when Archer was fielding. The spectators noticed Archer and used the opportunity to taunt the Barbados-born allrounder.
The Australian spectators were heard taunting the star over his Barbados heritage, yelling: “Jofra, show us your passport”.
The spectators continued their taunting before some other fans complained to staff. And as the taunts escalated, the matter was made known to the police. According to Sydney Morning Herald, Archer appeared frustrated by the verbal abuse but did not respond. Later, a spokesman confirmed that the spectators were removed from the stadium as the club has a a zero-tolerance policy on abusive behaviour.
Ironically, the incident took place just days after Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemned England fans for booing Australian players.
“It was a total Ashes foul for the crowd at Lords to boo Steve Smith,” wrote Morrison in a Facebook post.
“His performance on the pitch during his return to Test Match cricket in the UK demands nothing other than respect. The crowd could learn a thing or two from Steve Smith and I look forward to him answering his hecklers with bat and ball in hand to bring home the Ashes,” he added.
Talking about the fourth Test, Australia are in a good position thanks to fifties from Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne on a day which was marred by rain. Australia lost their openers early again before Smith and Labuschagne joined hands. The two added 116 runs for the third wicket before Labushagne departed for 67. Australia were 170 for 3 at the end of the day.