Australia West Indies First Test 2022

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

The Aussie white-ball teams have made the gesture previously but this is the first time the Test team has done so.

While the two Aussie openers took a knee, the West Indies did also and raised a fist.

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

Ahead of the Test, captain Pat Cummins said it was important for sports stars to make a stand.

“I think in this position you’re always going to upset people, whether you do something or you don’t do something,” Cummins said.

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

“Something like taking a knee this week, we’re doing it out of respect for the West Indies in support of equality.

“Anyone who says that’s a bad thing, I’m not too bothered about.”

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