Australia West Indies First Test 2022

Players from Australia and the West Indies took a knee in honor of the Black Lives Matter movement before the first ball of the first Test in Perth.

Australian white ball teams have made the gesture before, but this is the first time the Test team has done so.

While the two Australian openers took a knee, the West Indies did too and raised their fists.

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“Fantastic to see the Australians supporting West Indies by taking a knee,” said Adam Gilchrist on Fox Cricket.

Ahead of the test, captain Pat Cummins said it was important for the stars of the sport to take a stand.

“I think in that position you’re always going to upset people whether you’re doing something or not doing something,” Cummins said.

“I know what I signed up for. I also think we are cricketers, but you can’t leave your values ​​at the door. People stand for different things.

“Something like kneeling this week, we do it out of respect for the West Indies in favor of equality.

“Anyone who says that’s a bad thing, I don’t really care.”

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