Australia head coach Justin Langer admits his side should have given greater consideration to taking a knee on their tour of England following criticism from Michael Holding.
The West Indian great has used his platform this summer to take up the cause of the anti-racism movement and rebuked England and Australia for not making the symbolic gesture as had happened during the previous series against the West Indies and Ireland.
England paceman Jofra Archer confronted the issue head on, saying Holding had not “done his research” and reiterating his team’s solidarity with Black Lives Matter, but Langer took a conciliatory tone.
“When Mikey says what he says, it’s certainly worth listening to. In terms of taking a knee, to be completely honest, we could have talked more about it perhaps leading up to the first game,” he said.
“There was so much going on leading up to us getting here, maybe we should have talked more about it. What we do talk about within the team, was that we want to have a response that is sustained and powerful, and that it can go not just in one action but a sustained period. Not just throughout this series and the summer but throughout time.
“I just hope if it looked like there was a lack of respect, it wasn’t the intention of our team. We were very aware of it.”
Meanwhile, Steve Smith is no certainty to be recalled for the one-day series decider against England at Old Trafford tomorrow.
Smith missed the first two matches after being hit on the head by a ball in the nets last week and is expected to have his fitness assessed during a training session later in the day.
“He is definitely tracking in the right direction and we are hopeful he will be right for (Wednesday),” Langer said.
“He did all his running (on Monday), some high speed running, worked hard as part of the protocols. He has ticked every box at the moment.”