Sydney In support of the anti-racism movement and to honor the culture of the host country people, Indian cricketers also made a circle on the field barefoot with the Australian team. The event took place before the first one-day cricket match between the two teams. Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins said it was the team's way of supporting the anti-racism movement and honoring Australia's indigenous culture. Cricketers from both teams also tied a black band on the arm in memory of former Australian players Dean Jones and Phillip Hughes.
Jones died of a heart attack in Mumbai in September. At the same time, Hughes died on this day six years ago when Sean Abbott's bouncer was hit on his head at the Sydney Cricket Ground in the home match. Earlier this year, the legendary West Indies cricketer Michael Holding criticized the Australian team for not supporting the 'Black Lives Matter' movement during a limited-overs series in England. The Australian women's team also made a barefoot circle during the limited-overs series against New Zealand in September. Sheffield Shield teams did the same last week.