The national men’s side followed suit by deciding to perform the ritual, which it feels is a more appropriate recognition of First Nations people, before the start of every series.

Sydney Thunder, Adelaide Strikers and the Hurricanes took the knee in the WBBL while players from other clubs showed their support by taking off hats or helmets.

Carlos Brathwaite takes a knee at Blundstone Arena.

Carlos Brathwaite takes a knee at Blundstone Arena.Credit:Getty

Star West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, who has spoken widely about racism in sport, made a PowerPoint presentation to Sixers teammates while other players spoke about their experiences of racial prejudice.

Former Australian international Dan Christian, from the Wiradjuri tribe in NSW, joined the Sixers this season for their title defence.

“Tonight, in our first game of BBL|10, and throughout the tournament, the Sixers will take a knee prior to the first ball in support of our team mates and those who have been impacted by racism,” the Sixers said in a statement.

“The stance follows an education session provided by several members of the squad and comes with unanimous support from players and staff.


“In Australia and all across the world we continue to see examples of people being mistreated simply due to the colour of their skin. At the Sixers, we believe this is unacceptable.

“As a club and as individuals we have made the commitment to better educate ourselves on the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, to fight for inclusion and justice, and to stand with our communities on the path to reconciliation and equal rights. We encourage all members of the community to do the same.

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