The Australian males’s cricket group has taken a knee in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter motion for the primary time on residence soil, making the gesture alongside the West Indies earlier than the series opener at Perth Stadium on Wednesday.
The West Australian crowd applauded the gamers following the anti-racism gesture, which came about moments earlier than the primary supply of the morning.
Final 12 months, the Australian one-day group took a knee earlier than white-ball matches towards the West Indies within the Caribbean, however Wednesday’s act of solidarity was a primary for the Take a look at group.
Each side additionally participated in a Barefoot Circle, a mark of respect to First Nations individuals, earlier than the toss in Perth.
The West Indies have taken a knee earlier than all worldwide fixtures since 2020.
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Talking to reporters in Perth on Tuesday, Australian Take a look at captain Pat Cummins dismissed accusations he and the Australian cricket group was “too woke”.
“On this place you‘re all the time going upset individuals, whether or not you do one thing otherwise you don’t do one thing,” Cummins mentioned.
“That‘s positive. I type of know what I signed up for. I additionally assume we’re cricket gamers however you possibly can’t go away your values on the door.
“Individuals stand for various issues, and one thing like taking a knee this week we‘re doing it out of respect for the West Indies, in assist of equality.
“Anybody who says that‘s a foul factor, I’m not too bothered about.
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“We’ve finished it in numerous codecs during the last two years. We clearly took the knee towards them within the T20 collection.
“So it‘s not new. It’s one thing all of the boys actually respect and assist. So hopefully chat to him and we’ll do a barefoot circle right here in addition to our approach to acknowledge the Indigenous land.”
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West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite praised Cummins and the Australian group for his or her assist.
“It’s good to know that Australia is participating,” he mentioned.
“Clearly it means so much to us, seeing what’s occurring around the globe. So clearly we recognize that, it means so much to us.”
Australian spinner Adam Zampa mentioned he was pleased with Cummins and his teammates expressing their private beliefs.
“The identical those that say (to be quiet) are all the time those telling us to attempt to not be vanilla as effectively,” he informed SEN 1170 Breakfast on Wednesday.
“We have now sure beliefs and if we’re requested about it, we’ll inform the reality.
“I feel Pat nailed it on the top yesterday. He’s clearly copped quite a bit within the media.
“He’s not the man who will again down after which change his values due to what a couple of individuals will touch upon their Fb pages about it.”