By Paul Newman for the Daily Mail
Published: 19:10 BST, 10 September 2020 | Updated: 19:25 BST, 10 September 2020
Michael Holding has accused England and Australia of showing a lack of respect to the Black Lives Matter movement and says their 'excuses' for not taking a knee are 'lame.'
The fast bowling great, who made a passionate and articulate address on Sky about continued racism in sport and society at the start of the Test summer, hit out at cricket's oldest adversaries on the eve of the first one-day international at Old Trafford.
Holding says cricket forgot about the issues highlighted in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of a police officer in Minnesota 'as soon as West Indies went home.'
Michael Holding has accused England and Australia of showing a lack of respect to the Black Lives Matter movement
And one of the most erudite voices in the game says the lack of any obvious gestures of support from the players on both asides since the start of England's Test series against Pakistan suggests cricketers only took a knee to 'jump on the bandwagon.'
'I've been disappointed they've not taken a knee since the Pakistan series started,' Holding told Sky Sports News.
'Just because West Indies have gone home you shouldn't stop respecting the message.'
England dropped the gesture after the third Test against West Indies in July, with the ECB instead announcing a range of actions to strengthen their inclusion and diversity strategy and 'continue the changes needed to make cricket a game for everyone.'