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Australian Test cricketers will take a knee in the West Indies series for the first time.

Aussie Test cricketers kneel at home for the first time as the party continues to wage war on social and political issues led by captain and climate activist Pat Cummins

  • Pat Cummins’ men will get down on their knees with West Indies players as a show of support
  • It is the first time ever for the men’s Test side to do so in a home series
  • West Indian legend Michael Holding praised Cummin’s sense of social justice
  • It’s just the latest social cause that Pat Cummins and Australia have committed to
  • The series between Australia and the West Indies starts in Perth on Wednesday

Australia’s men’s Test squad will take their first ever knee in support of anti-racism in a home series, which begins in Perth against the West Indies on Wednesday.

It’s just the latest in a series of social, cultural and political targets the polarizing team, led by climate activist Pat Cummins, has taken on.

Usually the side has taken a knee when an opponent has done it, as a show of support and respect for their opponents; and as the West Indies have often bowed to their knees in the face of racism, the Aussie men will do the same.

It will be the first time an Australian men’s test team has taken to their knees during a home series.

West Indies cricketers kneel and raise a fist as part of the Black Lives Matter movement at the T20 World Cup 2021 in powerful scenes

For The First Time In A Home Test Series, Australian Players Will Also Take A Knee As A Show Of Respect And Support For Their West Indian Opponents - They Have Previously Taken A Knee (Like The West Indians) At The 2021 T20 World Cup (Pictured Are The Then Captain Aaron Finch (Left) And Matthew Wade (Right)

For the first time in a home test series, Australian players will also take a knee as a show of respect and support for their West Indian opponents – they have previously taken a knee (like the West Indians) at the 2021 T20 World Cup (pictured are the then captain Aaron Finch (left) and Matthew Wade (right)

“We have consulted with the West Indies team, who confirmed that they are going down on their knees,” a Cricket Australia spokesman said. The age.

“As we have done in the West Indies and in the recent warm-up games, we will support the West Indies team and kneel beside them.”

The publication also revealed that the two teams will participate in a Barefoot Circle, a pre-series ceremony to pay respect to Indigenous peoples and their lands in Australia.

West Indies Legend And Iconic Commentator Michael Holding Welcomes Australia'S Stance On Taking To Its Knees In Support Of Anti-Racism After Their Efforts Were Previously Labeled 'Weak'

West Indies legend and iconic commentator Michael Holding welcomes Australia’s stance on taking to its knees in support of anti-racism after their efforts were previously labeled ‘weak’

It’s a development applauded by Michael Holding, the great and iconic commentator of West Indies cricket, who has criticized Australian players for not kneeling in the past when the Black Lives Matter movement was at its peak.

Holding called attempts by Aaron Finch and his ODI side to say they wanted to ‘educate’ rather than get down on their knees in September 2020 ‘crippled’, but told The Age he was ‘extremely pleased’ that they changed their minds for the upcoming series.

With Pat Cummins at the helm, Australian men’s cricket has become much more outspoken on social issues in recent times; which raises the age-old question: do sports and politics go together?

Last month it was revealed that Cummins had ‘ethical concerns’ about Cricket Australia’s $40 million contract with energy supplier Alinta – despite appearing in multiple advertisements for the company and having associations with similar climate-damaging companies.

Not long after it was announced, the lucrative partnership would last just one more year, leaving a $40 million funding gap: though CEO Nick Hockley continues to deny that Cummins had anything to do with it.

Aussie Test Captain Pat Cummins Has Led A Vocal Squad Taking Cultural And Social Stances - Appealing To The Age-Old Question: Do Sport And Politics Go Together?

Aussie Test captain Pat Cummins has led a vocal squad taking cultural and social stances – appealing to the age-old question: do sport and politics go together?

Many, including fans, former legends, shock jock Ben Fordham and One Nation’s Mark Latham were scathing about Cummins’ role – but Holding spoke out in support of the Australian captain.

‘I am very happy that people are taking a position: good is good. If you have a chance to expose wrongdoing, do it,” he said.

“Not everyone has a voice that people want to listen to, so if you have a voice that impresses, use that voice. The world is sick and needs healing.’

West Indian Test Cricketers (Left To Right) John Campbell, Jason Holder And Jermaine Blackwood Kneel During A 2020 Series Against England

West Indian Test cricketers (left to right) John Campbell, Jason Holder and Jermaine Blackwood kneel during a 2020 series against England

Australian Superstar David Warner Knelt At Last Year'S T20 World Cup.  Warner And His Teammates Will Do The Same In The Upcoming Test Series Against The West Indies

Australian superstar David Warner knelt at last year’s T20 World Cup. Warner and his teammates will do the same in the upcoming Test series against the West Indies

The battle for the Frank Worrell Trophy kicks off at 1.20pm AEDT on Wednesday at Optus Stadium in Perth.

The second and final match will be a day-night test at Adelaide Oval from December 8.

Australia won the last series in 2015-16 and has held the trophy since 1994-95.

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