Australia to take a knee on home soil for the first time in West Indies series – Wide World of Sports

For the first time, the Australian men's cricket team will take a knee on home soil when they face the West Indies.
Ahead of the first of two Test matches against the Caribbean team, Cricket Australia confirmed it would join the West Indies in making the gesture.
Australia took a knee when they toured the island nations last year and in the men's T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
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Meanwhile, the West Indies will join Australia in a barefoot circle as a nod to the First Nations people of the country.
"We've consulted with the West Indies team, who confirmed they will be taking a knee," an Australia team spokesperson said.
"As we've done in the West Indies and during the recent warm-up games we will support the West Indies team and take a knee alongside them."
Former West Indies pace bowler Michael Holding praised Cricket Australia for the move, telling The Sunday Age and Sun-Herald he was "extremely proud" and "extremely happy".
Holding has previously been outspoken about the Australian and England sides for being "lame" after opting not to take a knee in 2020.
The movement came after the death of American man George Floyd in May 2020, who suffocated when a police officer knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes.
The West Indies have taken a knee for every international match since July 2020.
Holding said the Australian players should ignore anyone who questions the gesture.
"Whatever you do you will never please everybody but if you do the right thing, nobody should be afraid of doing the right thing, and nobody should be afraid of the truth, you will always find people against you, but you don't worry about that. When you do the wrong thing you worry about people that are against you," said Holding.
"What we need to do is ensure those detractors are pushed into the margins so whatever they say and do becomes more and more insignificant, and [encourage] people who continue to do the right thing to educate more and more people so more and more people will see and do the right things.
"Once you do the right thing you can go to bed feeling comfortable and with nothing on your conscience."
The first Test between Australia and the West Indies begins on Wednesday in Perth.
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