SA vs ENG: Do not have a problem with South Africa not taking the knee, it is their decision, says Chris Jordan


England pacer Chris Jordan believes that there has certainly been a positive change in dressing rooms across the world due to cricket’s anti-racism message.

The bowler also said that more than having to show on-field displays of solidarity it was hard work behind the scenes that will continue to spread the message.

It was because of this that the fast bowler did not have a problem with Cricket South Africa not deciding to take the knee in the upcoming series against England.

“I think the situation is very individual. I think that a lot of real, honest work going on around the matter will be done in private. The real change will come through a lot of those real conversations that you have one-on-one with people, in terms of education.

“So if that’s what they [CSA] as an organisation believe in, then I don’t think it should be judged from any point of view. It’s their personal decision. So let’s just move on,” Jordan told ESPNcricinfo.

South Africa will not take the knee, says Boucher

South Africa coach Mark Boucher earlier this week revealed that his side will not take the knee in the upcoming white-ball cricket home series against England. He, however, said that there is a possibility that the team could wear a black armband.

“I have spoken to the guy (Lungi Ngidi) who was driving the whole movement within our set-up, he is pretty happy that we have done what we needed to do, in particular at that (3TC) game. There are a couple of other issues that our president has raised going forward with regards to gender-based violence and the victims of Covid19.

“We are going to be addressing this with the team so if there is a black armband to wear, we will probably be wearing it because of the president’s call,” Boucher said.

“It’s an ongoing thing for us. It’s not something that we have to continue to show. It’s something that you have to live. That is exactly what we are trying to doing our dressing room at the moment with a big squad.

“If guys who brought it up are happy with it, that’s great, but if they feel we have to do more, that will be a chat and that they are open to express their opinions,” he added.

South Africa will host England for 3 T20Is followed by as many T20Is from November 27 to December 9. The England limited-overs squad arrived in South Africa on Monday, November 16, and will complete a 10-day quarantine period ahead of the start of the T20I series.



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