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Black Lives Matter: Langer regrets not discussing support for the campaign more
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Black Lives Matter: Langer regrets not discussing support for the campaign more

Australia coach Justin Langer has admitted his team could have done more to show their support for the global campaign against racism after facing criticism from West Indies legend Michael Holding.

Australian skipper Aaron Finch and the host cricket board came under fire from Holding, who lashed out at their "lame statements" for failing to continue with the practice of taking a knee ahead of each game.

The symbolic gesture was adopted by the England and West Indies cricketers during their Test series earlier this summer and was also performed in the Ireland ODI series.

However, Pakistan and then Australia did not partake in this ritual with Finch emphasising on the importance of educating individuals about racial injustice.

England fast bowler Jofra Archer recently responded to Holding's comments by insisting that the ECB was committed to upholding the spirit of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Nonetheless, Langer claimed Holding's point was valid and lamented over rushing into the decision to not take a knee in the white-ball fixtures.

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

"What we do talk about within the team, was that we want to have a response that is sustained and powerful and that it can go not just in one action but a sustained period -- not just throughout this series and the (Australian) summer but throughout time," he added.

"I just hope if it looked like there was a lack of respect, it wasn't the intention of our team. We were very aware of it."

Langer made his remarks on the eve of the final ODI against England at Old Trafford with the three-match series currently tied at 1-1.

As Australia crumbled to a 24-run defeat in the second game following a startling middle-order collapse, the attention now shifts towards the absence of Steve Smith in the side, who suffered a concussion scare before the series.

Smith has missed the first two matches as a precautionary measure after he copped a blow to the head while batting in the nets.

Langer gave a positive development regarding Smith's fitness and said: "Fingers crossed. We know what a great player he is."

Australia's inability to prevail in tight finishes against England has evolved into a rather nagging habit since they have botched winning positions in all three formats versus the traditional rivals in just over a year.

But Langer was keen to deny any sort of pressure on the Australian team and stated such outcomes were part and parcel of the game.

"I don't think there's a mental fragility. These things happen. The hardest thing in cricket is hitting the winning runs. We were chasing under lights on a worn wicket. It was challenging and we weren't up to the challenge," he said.

"We've got a very good team and are showing in most of the cricket we are playing that we are up to the fight. I don't think they [the defeats] are linked at all."