Nasser Hussain insists he would have taken a knee after Quinton de Kock apology

Nasser Hussain says he would have taken the knee had he been in the same position as Quinton de Kock, but stopped short of criticising the South African keeper-batsman.

De Kock, 28, sparked outrage on Tuesday when, just hours before his side's T20 World Cup match with the West Indies in Dubai, he withdrew from the squad unhappy at a directive from Cricket South Africa that all players should participate in the gesture before play started.

On Thursday, he issued a heartfelt and powerful apology, insisting he understood the importance of standing against racism, and apologising for any "hurt, confusion and anger," that he'd caused.

De Kock explained he had been unhappy at what he felt were his "rights being taken away," but pledged to take the knee from now on after talks with the board.

Sky Sports pundit Hussain, 53, did understand de Kock's point, but insisted he should have complied to show unity with the players around him.

"Would I have taken the knee in that situation?" he said.

"When I was playing under the first black South African to be captain in a World Cup, when half my team were black Africans, when it was South Africa, when it was against the West Indies with 11 black players, would I have taken a knee for my teammates on that day?

"Yes I would."

Hussain compared the situation to when he took the knee in August 2020, prior to England's Test match against the West Indies at the Ageas Bowl, in support of Sky colleagues Michael Holding and Ebony Rainford-Brent.

"I didn't do it because I was overly-knowledgable on the subject," he continued.

"But I did it for Mikey and I did it for Ebony because they were my mates, my teammates, and they wanted me to stand along beside them. And that's why I would have taken a knee (In de Kock's position), for Temba Bavuma."

The former England captain lauded Bavuma for the way he conducted himself in the post-match press conference, and also conceded he'd "got some context," from reading de Kock's emotional statement.

In South Africa's opening game against Australia on Saturday, some players opted to take the knee while other raised chose to their first in the air, but De Kock did neither.

It now remains to be seen if the player will be selected for Saturday's game against Sri Lanka.

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