The Australian Test cricketer took his knee for the first time just before the first ball in the series opener against the West Indies. Perthbut many fans refer to the gesture as “Woke up‘ and ‘virtue signaling’.
Cricket Australia’s post about the opening Test Summer game at Optus Stadium was inundated with comments asking the national team to focus on cricket and not politics.
This was because public interest and sentiment for the men’s team plummeted as the stadium appeared almost completely empty when the game began.
Usually, if the opponent kneels, the sides will kneel as a show of support and respect for the opponent. And given that the West Indies once again decided to take a knee against racism, Australian men did the same.
Australian player David Warner takes his knees before the first ball of the test against the West Indies at Optus Stadium in Perth.
A spokesperson for Cricket Australia said: “We have consulted with the West Indies team and have confirmed that they will be taking their knees.” age Earlier this week.
“I will support the West Indies team in the recent warm-up games and get down on my knees with them, just like I did in the West Indies.”
After singing the national anthem, both teams fell to their knees. Many West Indies players also raise their fists and perform the “black power” salute. This is also characteristic of the collar along with the term “Black Lives Matter”.
However, many fans thought it was a token gesture that had been abused and de-powered in the fight against racism.
Before the first ball of the game, Kemmer Roach kneels and raises his fist to give the “Black Power” salute.
West India wicketkeeper Joshua da Silva and all-rounder Kyle Mayers are also seen kneeling before the first ball while giving the ‘Black Power’ salute.
The West Indian players also wear “Black Lives Matter” on the collar of their jerseys, with the “Black Power” salute emoji.
“Players focus on cricket and not on boring, self-righteous and political clichés contact me,” Cricket Australia wrote in a Twitter post.
“Is Pon Pon taking the knee of the virtue signal?” asked another, but many said the “political awakening” was moving away from the men’s game.
That said, many agreed it wasn’t the only reason feelings for the team had plummeted, stating that “it wasn’t running well for a while.”
Top limited over spinner Adam Zampa, who is currently out of testing, favored the skipper’s stance.
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“The same people who say (quietly) are always telling us not to be vanilla,” Zampa said. SEN radio.
“We have certain beliefs and when asked about it, we tell the truth. I think Pat nailed it yesterday.
“He’s not the type to back down and change his values because few people comment on it on his Facebook page,” Zampa said.
Adam Zampa speaks out in support of Australian skipper Pat Cummins (pictured before throw) who some fans have called ‘woke up’
Earlier this week, the Daily Mail Australia released a stunning graphic showing Australian cricket fans ‘voting with their feet’ when it comes to watching a match.
Tens of thousands of seats went unsold and are still going unsold – and that’s despite ticket prices being as low as we remember these days.
Veteran Western Australian cricket journalist John Townshend said he didn’t think ticket sales were in the thousands yet.
A shot from Optus Stadium shows a large number of empty seats as the Australian summer cricket kicks off.
“I think there are a lot of elements in Australian cricket and Western Australian cricket at the moment that go against the best interests of the game,” he told Sportsday WA.
“I think we’re going to see it, people will vote with their feet. Whether it’s embarrassing or not is up to people to decide, but I think it will be very low.
“It could be a record-low Western Australian test.”
Prior to this, the two also took part in a barefoot circle at Optus Stadium in Noongar Nation to show their respect for the indigenous peoples.
Aboriginal Australian cricketer Scott Borland (center) participates in a barefoot circle before the start of the Test series.
Players do circles barefoot as a way to connect with the country. Perth’s Optus Stadium is located in Noongar Land.
Barefoot Circle went down under before the start of every series.
according to cricket australiabarefoot circles are a cricket-centric way for players and teams to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land before the match, connect with each other as opponents, and show respect for the country.
This is a moment that not only takes place barefoot as a way to connect with the country, but also reflects that we are all on common ground.
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