England say Archer 'fine' after racism, reveal Buttler injury worry

Zak Crawley handed England Test debut after back injury sidelines Jos Buttler

Zak Crawley handed England Test debut after back injury sidelines Jos Buttler

Jos Buttler, the England wicket-keeper, has become uncertain to play the second Test versus New Zealand, scheduled to get underway on Friday, November 29 at the Seddon Park in Hamilton. Nonetheless, the ongoing two-match Test series is not a part of the ICC World Test Championship.

As the search continues for the heckler who racially taunted Archer during the first Test, captain Joe Root said the Barbados-born bowler was "absolutely fine to play" in Hamilton.

Latham's 11th test century was hardly chanceless when he was dropped at second slip by Ben Stokes from an Archer delivery while on 66.

"Jofra is fine, racism is something we do not want in any game, team or environment, it's disappointing to have seen it in New Zealand", Giles said. Surrey's 21-year-old batting prodigy has kept wicket in five first-class matches to date, most recently for England Lions against India A in February. "We'll have to find out a little bit more information on that throughout today and tomorrow and see where he's at".

"We knew that this changed into as soon as a likelihood when we chosen the squad and I'm comparatively joyful that Popey's got the ability of doing a factual job for us". The decision to give the keeping gloves to Pope has meant that England have dismissed the idea of calling in a last-minute replacement. However, of late, he has looked in pretty good rhythm with the bat in hand.

New Zealand were also waiting for a late pitch inspection before deciding whether Matt Henry or Lockie Ferguson would replace Trent Boult, who strained a rib muscle in the first Test. There he scored 103 off 137 with the help of 13 fours.

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