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Men’s cricket South Africa not kneeling is up to them, says England’s Chris Jordan

ENGLAND bowler Chris Jordan respects South Africa’s decision not to take a knee in the forthcoming series but believes the action does have an impact in the fight against racial inequality.

Proteas head coach Mark Boucher revealed this week that his team do not intend to perform the act of solidarity ahead of the three international T20 matches and three one-day internationals.

Barbados-born Jordan says that racial inequality remains a pressing matter among England’s diverse squad and he is “open minded” about finding ways to tackle the issue.

“This situation is very individual. I think that a lot of real honest work going on around the matter will be done in private,” said Jordan, who has taken 63 wickets in 52 T20 appearances for England.

“If that’s what they [South Africa] as an organisation believe in then I don’t think it should be judged from any point of view. It’s their personal decision.”

South Africa, whose players may wear black armbands to show support in the fight against gender-based violence and in memory of coronavirus victims, took a knee at the 3TC Solidarity Cup charity exhibition match in July.

Boucher said taking a knee was “not something that we have to continue to show” but stressed that his team must embody inclusive values.

Asked if the protest gesture, in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, still has an influence, Jordan replied: “Yeah, 100 per cent. But I am quite open-minded around the topic in terms of the different types of work that can be done.

“Obviously the taking the knee is something very visual that people see especially when they turn on sport.

“But, personally, I am big believer in a lot of the real conservations that are happening behind the scenes, especially among our group as an England team. We come from so many different backgrounds and the matter is at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

“The type of questions that are being provoked and the type of real conversations behind the scenes is where a lot of the real change will come about.”

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