ENGLAND and West Indies gamers took a knee in a present of solidarity earlier than the beginning of a rain-soaked First Take a look at.
Simply as play was about to start, the gamers on the sphere – and the 2 umpires – went down on one knee in a gesture that has grow to be synonymous with racial equality.
West Indies and England gamers took a knee in a poignant present of solidarity earlier than the First Take a look atCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
The Windies gamers additionally raised their proper fist and wore black gloves – echoing American Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos from 1968Credit score: Reuters
The opposite gamers, reserves and help workers joined in help of the Black Lives Matter marketing campaign from the sting of the boundary.
The entire of the Windies squad additionally wore a black glove on their proper palms and raised a fist – echoing American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos’ motion on the 1968 Olympic Video games.
Shortly earlier than, the gamers gathered in a circle and noticed a minute’s silence to recollect those that have died in the course of the Covid-19 disaster and likewise legendary Windies batsman Sir Everton Weekes, who handed away final week.
Stand-in skipper Ben Stokes stated earlier than the sport that taking a knee was an “alternative to ship an enormous message” to the world concerning the iniquity of racial discrimination. He additionally spoke about attempting to coach individuals concerning the want for equality.
England opener Dom Sibley was out for duckCredit score: AP:Related Press
Gamers from each groups had a Black Lives Matter emblem on the collar of their shirts and a BLM banner was hanging in entrance of the West Indies dressing-room on the Ageas Bowl.
Stokes needed to emphasize that sporting the emblem and taking a knee didn’t imply the gamers endorsed a few of the political statements of the Black Lives Matter motion.
Whereas rain delayed the beginning till 2pm, Sky Sports showed interviews with former Windies fast bowler Michael Holding and ex-England girls’s batsmen Ebony Rainford-Brent who spoke powerfully about their experiences of struggling racism in cricket.
England completed the day on 35/1 after simply 17.4 overs of playCredit score: AP:Related Press
England vice-captain Jos Buttler spoke of the gamers’ satisfaction in taking a knee.
He stated: “I feel it’s crucial for each side to point out solidarity and to do it collectively.
“I assumed taking a knee was a really highly effective message that must be taken ahead and I’m glad we have been a part of it.”
Windies quick bowler Shannon Gabriel added: “It was an important second, exhibiting one thing we stand for and that racism has no half in cricket.”
The gamers gathered in a circle to recollect those that had misplaced their lives in the course of the Covid-19 pandemicCredit score: Getty Photographs – Getty
After a late begin, the sport was once more interrupted after simply three overs with England 1-1.
England opener Dom Sibley was bowled for a duck providing no shot to Shannon Gabriel within the second over of the match.
Solely 17.4 overs have been performed on the primary day with England closing on 35/1, with Rory Burns scoring 20 not out and Joe Denly 14 not out.