Justin Langer's big regret over stance on Black Lives Matter

Australian Associated Press
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Justin Langer (pictured right) during training and Michael Holding (pictured left) during commentary.
Justin Langer (pictured right) said the Australian cricket team should have talked more about taking a knee after Michael Holding (pictured left) questioned both the Aussies and England. (Getty Images)

Australia coach Justin Langer says his side must heed the words of cricket legend Michael Holding, adding they should have talked more about taking a knee on the current tour of England.

West Indies and England both adopted the gesture during their Test series as part of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Australia opted against taking a knee in England, with captain Aaron Finch indicating prior to the start of the current series that "education around this is more important than a protest".

West Indies great Holding was unimpressed, dubbing it a "lame statement" from Finch.

"In terms of taking a knee, to be completely honest, we could have talked more about it perhaps leading up to that first game," Langer told reporters.

"There was so much going on leading up to us getting here, maybe we should have talked a bit more about it.

"The thing we do talk about within the team is that we want to have a response that is sustained and powerful.

"There's a lot of talking going on in our group ... there's a lot of talk going on in the women's team as well about how we can have a sustained and powerful response to the Black Lives Matter (movement)."

Holding in tears during racism speech

Earlier this year, Holding was in tears during an eloquent speech about racism that was delivered as part of Sky Sports' live coverage.

"We all watched his presentation, his heartfelt thoughts," Langer said.

"When someone like Michael says something like that, it's important we all listen to it.

"If it looked like there was a lack of respect there, that certainly wasn't the intention of our team. We're very aware of it and when Mikey says what he says, then it's certainly worth listening to and we'll be doing it."

Michael Holding broke down discussing his family's experiences of racism.
Michael Holding broke down discussing his family's experiences of racism. Pic: Sky Sports

Holding's critique extended to Eoin Morgan's side.

England paceman Jofra Archer, who has been targeted by racist trolls on social media during his career, disagreed with the iconic paceman.

"I'm pretty sure Michael Holding doesn't know anything that is going on behind the scenes," Archer said.

"It is a bit harsh for Mikey to not do some research before criticising.

"We have stuff running in the background.

"We've not forgotten, no one here has forgotten about Black Lives Matter."