Why Australia will not take a knee in Black Lives Matter tribute

Australia captain Aaron Finch has confirmed his team will not take the knee in a gesture of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement before their series against England.

Finch’s Australia arrived in England last month ahead of three-match T20 and ODI series against Eoin Morgan’s World Cup-winners.

The first Twenty20 international at the Ageas Bowl on Friday evening will be Australia’s first game since the killing of George Floyd on May 25.

Floyd’s death sparked a global wave of Black Lives Matter protests and a number of teams, leagues and sports across the world have taken a knee in a show of support to the movement.

The England and West Indies squads both took a knee ahead of the first Test of the summer and continued doing so throughout the series.

England stopped making the gesture during their subsequent Test series against Pakistan.

Australia have discussed taking a knee before their white-ball series against England but ultimately decided against the gesture.

Finch told TelegraphSport: ‘The education around it is more important than the protest.

‘I have spoken to Eoin and we are not going to do specific gestures like it has happened in the past.

‘For us, we are really proud to play a game where it is celebrated all around the world and anyone can play it.

‘It doesn’t matter what race, what religion, what nationality you are from. Cricket is a game for everyone and I am really proud about that.’

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