Archer defends England not taking the knee after Holding questions Black Lives Matter stance

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England bowler Jofra Archer insisted that the cricket team's support for the Black Lives Matter has not diminished.

This comes after former West Indian legend Michael Holding criticised England's decision to not longer take the knee for the recently concluded Pakistan and ongoing Australia series.

For the first three Tests of the English summer, a show of unity was seen by England and the West Indies as the players took the symbolic position before the start of the day's play.

The one-day series against Ireland followed that example but the practice has not been repeated during games against Pakistan or Australia, leading to a stinging rebuke from Holding.

"If you're going to be supporting something, you need to support it on a regular basis," Holding said on Cricinfo's YouTube channel.

"You can't be doing it for a few weeks and moving on, it's not that sort of issue where you can expect change to happen.

"It's a simple gesture of taking a knee to bring awareness to the injustices that are happening in the world... the gesture keeps the conversation going and to focus on the situation going on.

"If football can continue to show support for the movement, I don't see why other teams or organisations can't do the same thing.

"Taking the knee is a simple thing, I don't see why people still can't continue do that. It doesn't take a long time, word's are important but action is also very important - people need to see explicit support."

However, Archer feels Holding's latest comments are "misguided" suggesting further action was in the pipeline.

"We have not forgotten, no-one here has forgotten about Black Lives Matter," said Archer.

"I think it is a bit harsh for Mikey to not do some research before criticising. I'm pretty sure Michael Holding doesn't know anything that is going on behind the scenes. I don't think he has spoken to (ECB chief executive) Tom Harrison. I have spoken to Tom and we have stuff running in the background."

Archer has been subjected to racist abuse on social media and the 25-year-old Sussex quick said tough action was needed to clamp down on such remarks. 

The England paceman took 3-34 as the world champions fought back to beat Australia by 24 runs in the second one-day international at Old Trafford on Monday to level a three-match series ahead of Wednesday's finale.

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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