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Australian cricket team makes history by taking a knee before Test as fans slam them for being woke

The first Australian Test cricketers to kneel before the start of the series against West Indies in Perth was completed, but many people have called it ‘woke’ or ‘virtue signalling’. 

Cricket Australia received a flood of comments from fans about the opening match at Optus Stadium in the Test season. They urged Cricket Australia to put more emphasis on cricket and not politics.

This comes at a time when public sentiment and interest in the men’s teams has plummeted. The stadium looked almost empty as soon as the game started.  

In the tradition of the West Indies, one side will take a knee if an opponent does it. Given that the West Indies had again taken a knee in defiance to racism, the Aussie men did the same. 

David Warner, one of Australia’s players, takes a knee before the first ball in the Test at Optus Stadium. Perth against West Indies

A spokesperson for Cricket Australia said that they had spoken with West Indies officials and were satisfied to take a knee. The Age This week, earlier.

“As we did in the West Indies, and during the recent warm up games, we will support West Indies team by taking a knee with them. 

After Each team sang the national anthems. Many West Indian players raised a fist in a salute of ‘black power,’ while others sat down.

Many fans thought it was a token gesture, but that it had been overused and lost power in the fight to racism. This is evident despite the fact that the gesture is still very common around the globe. 

Kemar Roach Takes A Knee And Raises His Fist In A 'Black Power' Salute Prior To The First Ball Of The Game

Kemar Roach kneels down and raises one fist in a salute of ‘black strength’ before the first ball.

One wrote that he would return to him if the players were focusing on cricket, and not boring, self-righteous political platitudes. 

“Are the plonkers taking an honor-signalling knee?” Another person asked the same question. Many replied that they were turning their backs on the men’s game because of the ‘political wakefulness’.

However, many acknowledged that the sentiment against the team was not due to it being ‘poorly run for some while’. 

Adam Zampa (top limited overs spinner) supported his skipper’s decision.

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Zampa stated, “The same people who say (to remain quiet) are always telling us to try not being vanilla as well.” SEN Radio.

“We hold certain beliefs, and when asked about them, we will tell you the truth. Pat hit it right on the head yesterday. HeEvidently, he has been a media darling.

‘HeZampa said that Zampa isn’t the kind of guy who will give in and then change his beliefs just because a few people have commented on their Facebook pages.

Daily Mail Australia published shocking statistics earlier in the week that showed Aussie cricket fans are voting with their feet when it comes time to attend games.

Tens of thousands were sold, and they are still unsold, despite ticket prices that have been as low in recent years.

John Townsend, a veteran West Australian cricket journalist, said that he believes ticket sales have not reached the thousands.

A Shot From Optus Stadium Shows A Huge Amount Of Empty Seats For The Start Of Australia'S Summer Of Cricket - Something That Would Typically Draw A Huge Crowd

Optus Stadium shot showing large numbers of empty seats in preparation for Australia’s first summer of cricket. This is something that would usually draw huge crowds.

He told Sportsday WA that he believes there are a lot of elements in Australian and West Australian cricket currently working against the best interests of the game.

“I think that we will see it. People will vote with our feet.” It’s up to the people to decide if it’ll be embarrassing. But I believe it will be very low.

“It could possibly be a record low West Australian Test.”

The two sides participated in a Barefoot Circle earlier, as a sign of respect for Indigenous peoples. 

Indigenous Aussie Cricketer Scott Boland (Centre) Participates In The Barefoot Circle Prior To The Start Of The Test Series

Scott Boland, an Indigenous Aussie cricketer, participates in the Barefoot Circle before the start of the Test series

Players Do The Circle Barefoot As A Way To Connect To Country. Optus Stadium In Perth Is On Noongar Land

Players do the circle barefoot as a way to connect to country. Optus Stadium is located in Perth on Noongar Land

The Barefoot Circle Is Now Down Prior To The Start Of Every Series Down Under

The Barefoot Circle has been lowered prior to each series Down Under

According to Cricket AustraliaThe barefoot round is a cricket-centric way that players and teams can take a moment before matches to respect the country’s traditional owners and connect with one another as rivals.

This is done barefoot to show solidarity and to connect with the country. 

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