West Indies great Michael Holding has praised England footballers for continuing to take a knee, saying they are doing more than their cricket counterparts to combat racism.

The former paceman last year called for meaningful change to tackle injustice, saying he had encountered abuse as a young player in England and Australia.

Holding, now a commentator, returned to the theme on Friday during the second day’s play in the second Test between England and New Zealand at Edgbaston.

“The footballers, (manager) Gareth Southgate and the England team, I applaud them for what they’re doing,” he said.

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“They are getting a lot of stick for taking the knee (in Euro 2020 warm-up games), they’re getting booed, but they are showing some backbone.

“They’re saying ‘we’re doing it because we know what we’re doing – not for a political…

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