Australia coach Justin Langer has admitted that the West Indies could be thought to be more of a knee-jerk during their tour of England following criticism from Michael Holding. England and the West Indies adopted the gesture at the start of each of their three Tests in July to show their support for the campaign against racial injustice. The practice was repeated during England’s one-day matches against Ireland but not in the subsequent series against Pakistan and Australia. Holding, an outstanding fast bowler in the 1970s and 1980s, accused England bosses and Australia captain Aaron Finch of making “lame” statements when he knelt.
England fast bowler Joffra Archer said Holding had “not done his research”, insisting the Barbados-born accelerated team and officials remain committed to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Langer told Tuesday in a conference call that the holding was worth listening to.
“In terms of kneeling, to be completely honest, we could talk more about it, maybe until the first game.”
The former Australia opener said: “What we talk about is the team, do we want a response that is sustained and powerful, and that it can go on not just in an action but for a sustained period – not This series only throughout (and Australian) summer but full time.
“I hope that if it seems that there was a lack of respect, it was not our team’s intention. We were very aware of it.”
Langer was speaking ahead of Wednesday’s third and making a one-day international decision against England at Old Trafford.
“Fingers crossed” for Smith.
Australia’s star batsman Steve Smith suffered a loss in the first two games after suffering a head injury during practice last Thursday.
The team management repeatedly stated that Smith had been rested purely as a precaution despite undergoing two notation tests.
Langer said Smith was “tracking in the right direction” ahead of the decoder.
“Fingers crossed. We know what a great player he is,” the coach said.
Australia have now won all three formats against England, starting with a stunning one-wicket loss in the third Ashes Test at Headingley.
He threw the opening Twenty20 match of the current tour and fell against the 50-over world champion England in the second ODI on Sunday.
But Langer was adamant that Australia had no qualms to reach the final against rival rivals.
“I don’t think there’s a mental fragility there,” he said. He said, “These things happen. The toughest thing in cricket is to score a winning run. We were chasing Roshni on a bad wicket. It was challenging and we were not ready for the challenge.”
“We’ve got a very good team and in most of the games we’re playing, we’re showing that we’re fighting. I don’t think they’re (defeated) connected at all.”
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