England women set to take a knee for Black Lives Matter against West Indies

Heather Knight’s England players look set to take a knee before their upcoming games against West Indies amid criticism from Michael Holding that the men’s team abandoned the Black Lives Matter message too quickly.

However the gesture is expected to resume when England’s women take on West Indies over five Twenty20s in Derby from 21 September, with Knight said to be planning a meeting to discuss the subject with her fellow captain, Stafanie Taylor, during the buildup to the series.

This move may be viewed by some as simply confirming Holding’s suggestion that England are only prepared to take a knee when playing West Indies (albeit Eoin Morgan’s ODI side did so before their series against Ireland at the end of July).

However the series, which is being televised by Sky and sees the broadcast of the third match also shared with BBC, is the first opportunity for the women’s team to show their support for the wider global message after a summer of inactivity.

It is yet to be confirmed whether Knight’s players will wear the BLM logo designed by Alisha Hosannah, the partner of the Watford footballer Troy Deeney; England’s men did so initially against West Indies, before it was replaced by one to promote the Ruth Strauss foundation during the third Test.

Holding, who spoke powerfully about racism before the first Test of the summer, was also critical of Pakistan’s silence on the subject during their tour and described Australia’s reasons for not taking a knee as “lame” and “flimsy”.

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