Australia’s men’s cricket team to make ‘barefoot circles’ as anti-racist statement

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MELBOURNE, Nov. 16 (Reuters) – Australian men’s cricket teams will stand in a barefoot circle at the start of the international series to support the global anti-racism movement and to recognize the country’s indigenous peoples, the pitcher said on Monday. quick Pat Cummins. .

Players will make the gesture for the first time ahead of the opening of the One-Day International Series against India in Sydney on November 27.

“In Australia, we think the most marginalized group, I guess, are First Nations and Indigenous people,” said Cummins, vice-captain of the Australian Test and Day Teams, during ‘a video call.

“And we think the barefoot circle is a great way to celebrate them.

“Some people might want to take the knee, some people might want to show it in different ways and we’re absolutely all for that.

“But we’re kind of put together as a team and think it’s the best way to demonstrate anti-racism and celebrate indigenous culture here.”

The Australian men are following the lead of the Women’s National Team which formed a barefoot circle with New Zealand players in Brisbane ahead of the limited series in September.

Last month, five indigenous players and eight Big Bash Professional Women’s League team captains made the gesture to “connect with the country and recognize the traditional owners of the land,” governing body Cricket Australia said.

Australian cricketer has questioned how to support the anti-racism movement since the country’s one-day team was publicly criticized by former West Indies bowler Michael Holding for failing to take a knee in the limited series in England in September. said Australian players will also try to “do a lot of work” to learn the history of the country.

“You could probably put your hand up and say that we haven’t done enough in the past and want to improve, so that’s a little thing we’re going to present this summer,” he said.

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